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New animal-shelter project moving forward

THE Saipan mayor’s office has finally completed the record of environmental consideration for its proposed construction of an animal shelter in As Perdido, special assistant to the mayor Henry Hofschneider said.

He said the project has gone through the National Environmental Policy Act review process, and has been “cleared” with the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, the Division of Fish and Wildlife, and the Historic Preservation Office.

“So they each had an opportunity to review our project and they submitted their comments and conducted onsite inspection,” Hofschneider said.

HPO was concerned about the possible artifacts that could be dug up during construction while Fish and Wildlife looked into the species that may be affected by the project.

Hofschneider said the mayor’s office will submit the record of environmental consideration to the governor’s Capital Improvement Project Office for funding endorsement to the Office on Insular Affairs of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Mayor David M. Apatang said his office is now on track for the construction of the new animal shelter.

After the original animal shelter in Lower Base was destroyed by Typhoon Soudelor in Aug. 2015, the mayor’s office proposed to relocate it to the compound of the Department of Lands and Natural Resources in As Perdido.

The federal government provided the mayor’s office $324,000 for the repair of the facility, but the mayor said his office is also seeking $80,000 in additional federal financial assistance.

The Department of Public Works has already completed the architecture and engineering design of the proposed animal shelter that will accommodate 40 kennels for dogs, 10 for cats and 10 for sick dogs.