While the county has no objections to working out a deal with the city to vacate the animal shelter building that falls within the runway protection zone for the Camdenton Memorial Airport, the final decision will depend on who pays for what and how much it will cost.


While the county has no objections to working out a deal with the city to vacate the animal shelter building that falls within the runway protection zone for the Camdenton Memorial Airport, the final decision will depend on who pays for what and how much it will cost. 
According to Camdenton City Administrator Steven Craig, the location of the animal shelter could cause problems in the future. The city is interested in expanding the airport.
In order to do that, they would be using grants that are governed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Under FAA regulations, the shelter falls within the runway protection zone. 
The airport is located south of Camdenton on Route 5. The airport property runs parallel to Route 5. The north end of the airport property faces the animal shelter building that is located off Route 7. 
The city would like to buy the property from the county and would be willing to help with moving expenses.
Camden County Commissioner Bev Thomas says the two entities are discussing the possibility, but in the end, it’s going to depend on finances.
The city has had the site appraised and is looking at somewhere between $80,000 to $85,000 for the building and land. The city has also offered to cover the costs of moving the kennels and incinerator.
The problem, Thomas says, is finding another location where the county could house animals that are picked up by the Camden County Sheriff’s Department.
Thomas said the county is more than willing to work with the city but with the recent budget cuts there will be no extra money to offset the costs of relocating.
She estimates it would cost approximately $150,000 to build a facility. With what the city has offered, the county would still be looking at investing about $75,000. That’s not possible right now, Thomas said.
The county paid about $70,000 for the facility when it was purchased from the Dogwood Animal Shelter. The shelter is being used on a limited basis.