Cities to vote on upgraded animal shelter

TRI-CITIES, Wash. (KVEW-TV) -- Pasco city council is prepared to vote Monday on a plan to upgrade the Tri-City Animal Control Authority (ACA) Facility.

The new facility would sit on the same property as the current one at 1312 South 18th Avenue in Pasco.

Project planning started in 2008, according to a City of Pasco agenda report. A committee with two members from Kennewick, Pasco and Richland city councils worked to review the existing facility and the costs needed to upgrade.

According to current shelter director Angela Zilar, plans were put aside during the recession.

However, following a workshop meeting in October this year, plans appear to be moving forward.

While costs are not explicitly drawn out in Pasco’s agenda report, the document does explain how each city would pay for the project.

Base costs of building a new 8,000 square foot facility would be divided equally into thirds. Each city would then pay separate operation costs based on average use over the last five years.

Operation costs could roughly come out to 39.4% for Kennewick; 44.7% for Pasco; and 15.9% for Richland.

Each city’s calls for service to Animal Control would also factor into this divided cost.