Fayette Commission takes next step on new animal shelter

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Fayette County Animal Shelter on Ga. Highway 74 South in Peachtree City. Photo/Ben Nelms.
The current Fayette County Animal Shelter on Ga. Highway 74 South in Peachtree City. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The next step in what will lead to the construction of a new home for the Fayette County Animal Shelter was taken on Nov. 12 by the Fayette County Commission. The process that will result in the shelter’s new location adjacent to the Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) on Ga. Highway 74 South is expected to continue at the commission’s next meeting.

Commissioners on Oct. 8 in the first phase of a multi-step process that will lead to the construction of a new animal shelter agreed to purchase 4.2 acres adjacent to the WASA building on Ga. Highway 74 South. Since that time, an additional .5 acres, which includes wetlands, was added to the agreement for no additional cost.

Commissioners on Nov. 12 by unanimous vote approved the purchase of 4.7 acres from WASA for $71,400, which called for $3,575 in earnest money.

The parcel is adjacent to, and situated on the south side of, the WASA building on Hwy. 74 South.

The animal shelter is currently located near the intersection of Hwy. 74 South and Holly Grove Road. The new site is within a half mile of the current site on Hwy. 74 South.

County Administrator Steve Rapson noted that Peachtree City wants to purchase the current animal shelter property from the county and convert it for public safety purposes, such as a quick-response EMS site.

Rapson said the next commission meeting will include a number of other documents pertaining to the project, including the agreement to have Peachtree City purchase the current animal shelter site.

Given that it will take time for the new construction, Rapson said Peachtree City agreed to lease the current location to the county for $1 per day.

Commissioners previously allocated $1 million for the construction of a new facility.

Rapson said the new site is twice the size of the current site and is far removed from residential neighborhoods.