The WCAHS Board was notified that the architectural and structural drawings which were submitted to the state in December 2017, have been approved. The Supervising Professional for this required work, Craig Selander, was hired after the Spooner City Council approved the Board's request for a Conditional Use Permit for the building on Roundhouse Road where Guy Evans' BioActive Nutrients business was located.
What a fortunate opportunity to be able to purchase this well built, sizable building in an ideal location with groomed grounds surrounding it and outside permanent storage units. Much research was done to best select an appropriate animal shelter design, furnishings, etc. In meeting with personnel of various shelters, it was discovered their building projects had taken as long as five or more years, so the rebuilding of Washburn County Area Humane Society's animal shelter really has not faced the time span that other shelters have.
So, after all the process of obtaining permits and planning and building purchase, WCAHS animal shelter will become a reality. The coordinated design effort began with combining the other shelter plans with the very usable design of Shelter Manager, Kim Adams, Building Contractor Bob Swan's suggestions, the Board members' input, and Craig Selander, who connected all the ideas, added his expertise and professionally put it all into his submittable drawing to the State.
The actual renovating process can now begin. Bob's loyal connection to Spooner and his extensive building experience will guarantee a professional remodeling process. He will be getting bids for electrical/lighting, plumbing, HVAC, and concrete work as well as following through on projects until the remodeling work is completed.
A Grand Opening Celebration will be taking place, but it is difficult at this point to be specific on a date. We will make sure everyone knows the date as soon as possible.
Thank you to all who continue to express loyal interest and support for this animal shelter. The time since the fire in March, 2017, has proven what kind and generous people can do.