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Others can bid on animal facility
Board weighs whether to buy or build
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Forsyth County News
Forsyth County has decided to take bids from local businesses and nonprofits interested in running its animal control facility.

An existing structure to house the operation is needed.

Animal control facilities became a concern in the spring after the current operator terminated its agreement with the county. NALAA’s decision was within the boundaries of the deal.

Since then, the company has signed another agreement with the county, extending the arrangement through 2009.

The county currently pays $35,000 per month to NALAA for its facility on Old Atlanta Road. That fee will increase to $40,000 per month to continue the arrangement into 2010.

The county is looking to others for a facility, but also is considering building one itself.

A public hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 3 at the county administration building to discuss one structure the county has targeted.

The building is across the street from Just Pets Veterinary Hospital, which has proposed running animal control for the county. The site is on Hwy. 141, near Fagan’s Biscuit Barn and the Commonwealth subdivision in south Forsyth.

Bids to run and buy an existing building for animal control services are expected to go out this week.

The Humane League of Lake Lanier, a nonprofit animal shelter, expressed interest in running the shelter at Tuesday’s work session, and other nonprofits and businesses could come forward as well.