Councilors vote for kennel bids

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com

The Pawhuska City Council decided last week to solicit bids regarding the potential construction of a new kennel for stray and abandoned dogs.

Interim City Manager Larry Eulert told the council that the estimated cost of such a facility is about $35,000 to $40,000, but he expressed a desire to go ahead and obtain firmer numbers. He assured the council it is not obligated to accept any bid.

The new kennel would go at the site of the existing animal shelter facility, Eulert said. That facility had recently deteriorated into a condition that Eulert characterized as unfit for dogs or humans. City officials and firefighters joined in a volunteer effort to make repairs and improvements to that building.

The city council voted 4-0 Monday, with councilor Mark Buchanan absent, to solicit kennel bids.

In another matter related to city facilities, the council agreed to solicit bids for a new roof for the Pawhuska Fire Station, located along Lynn Avenue. The existing flat roof is about four inches too low for the fire department’s recently acquired ladder truck, Eulert said.

The council last week tabled, without discussion, a proposal to rent out the caretaker’s house at Lake Pawhuska as a residence. The council also met in executive session, and voted afterward to give Eulert a pay increase. His rate of pay is being increased from $50,000 a year to $65,000 a year.