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Contract for animal shelter project signed

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FIVE years after Typhoon Soudelor destroyed the animal shelter in Lower Base, the Saipan mayor’s office has completed the bidding process of a new facility for the dog control program in As Perdido.

“The animal shelter contract is finally signed,” Mayor David M. Apatang said on Thursday.

He said the Department of Public Works is ready to issue a notice to proceed to the contractor, R3A General Services LLC.

“It’s a long process,” the mayor said, adding that he is now waiting for a confirmation from the Public Assistance Office if the Federal Emergency Management Agency granted the request to extend the grant award period.

Special assistant to the mayor Henry Hofschneider said FEMA provided $312,965  for the project.

The Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation, for its part, allocated $140,000 for the project in addition to the $45,509 funding assistance from the governor’s Capital Improvement Projects Office.

Apatang said they will follow the DPW architecture and engineering design, which includes 40 kennels for dogs and 10 for cats as well as 10 kennels for sick dogs.

He said as soon as his office receives confirmation from the Public Assistance Office regarding the extension of the grant award, he will schedule a groundbreaking ceremony for the project.

The mayor said the dog control program headed by Martin Pangelinan continues to remove stray dogs from public areas.

But there will be no spay and neuter services this year due to lack of funding, the mayor added.

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