NORMAN — Emotions and concerns ran high for board members at the Animal Oversight Committee meeting Monday night.
Many board members expressed their displeasure for the lack of communication over final plans for the new animal shelter facility. Board members were not made aware of how the final plans went out to bid out until their Monday night meeting, and the project went out to bid last week.
In the final plans for the project that went to bid, 11 items were listed as optional, some of which board members felt shouldn’t have been on that list.
Board member Ginger Noble said the board members understand how construction costs change and adjustments may have to be made, but nobody took the priorities of the project into consideration. Committee members feel some of the items on this list are absolute priorities for the facility.
Things relating to the animals and quality of environment such as the Spray Master Technology, Energy Recovery Ventilator, epoxy flooring and multi-purpose room were items the board believed to be essential to the project.
The Spray Master Technology is equipment that was going to be used to spray down the area in which animals were kept, specifically spraying for urine and feces or any other bodily fluids from animals. The Energy Recovery Ventilator was going to reduce operation costs and would help dehumidify the air in the facility. The epoxy flooring also was something that would help with disease control in the facility.
The multi-purpose room also was something they felt was needed to have an area people could go for a training class, or if there was a spike in puppies one month, it could be used as overflow, board member Joe Carter said.
“I feel let down right now,” Carter said.
The board also noticed that the meet and greet room and the safe room were completely taken out of the project. The meet and greet room was going to be an area to allow patrons to interact with animals they were interested in adopting. The safe room was going to be an area for shelter staff to go to in case of a tornado or severe weather, which the area is well-known for, board member Jennifer Golden said.