Progress on a proposed Camden County animal facility appears to be on hold at least for the time being.
Exactly why the county is not moving forward is not known. Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken said there has been no progress on plans for the facility.
Although Sheriff Dwight Franklin made references to budget constraints when questioned by a reporter during a recent Leadership Camden County class, he did not provide any details on what those budget concerns were.
According to statements made early on in the process, sheriff's department was in charge of the project.
It is unclear at this time if the county plans to put the project on hold indefinitely.
The proposed animal control facility was announced last fall. It was to be housed in the former MoDOT building on Highway E in Montreal. The initial plans presented by the county for the property included using part of it for the road and bridge department and the remaining portion for an animal shelter.
The proposed facility drew opposition from some nearby landowners. Despite the opposition, county officials had said they planned to move forward with the facility.
In December, the sheriff's department said the project was still in the planning stages with drawings and specifications in the works. Once those were complete, the sheriff's department was planning on sending the project out for bid, starting with the wastewater treatment plant. No costs estimates for the renovations or ongoing operation of the facility are available.
Animal calls are the third most frequent type of call the department receives, and is why the county felt buying the building was an easy choice for the county. Currently, officers do not have a facility to house the animals that they pick up. They must drive them to shelters in Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach or Lebanon and pay a fee to house them there.
The funds used to transport and house those animals in other shelters were to be used to fund the day to day operations of the new facility.
Originally, the plan was for the shelter not to be an adoptable shelter.