Board of Commissioners Approve Animal Control Upgrades

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BLUE RIDGE, GA – Fannin County Animal Control has finally received approval for much needed upgrades to their facility located on Industrial Park Blvd.

After several weeks of being tabled for lack of proper information required in the bids, Maintenance Department Head Ken Petty was finally able to produce suitable bids for the Commissioners to consider and ultimately approve.

Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, Board of Commissioners, Stan Helton, Early Johnson, Larry Joe Sosebee, Ken Petty, Animal Control

Ken Petty addresses the Board of Commissioners.

A bid for $18,932 was approved and would add fourteen outdoor runs to the facility, as well as guillotine doors to allow the dogs access these runs from their indoor kennels.

County Chairman Stan Helton stated, “Not only will this improve living conditions for the dogs, but will also allow animal control staff to safely access kennels for cleaning and feeding.”

Petty was also questioned by County Commissioner Earl Johnson about an earlier bid approval to fix the air conditioning unit at the jail.

Johnson wanted to know why he had “seconded a motion for $5,340 on the air conditioning unit at the jail and was just asked to sign a check for $15,416?”

Johnson reiterated the importance of proper scope of work and bids. “We specify as a county what work we want done, and what we require.” He went further in saying that it is not up to the contractor to decide what work they want to do.

Petty who had not seen the bill in question, said that he would follow up with the contractor and find out why the amount had almost tripled.

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