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Mantecas $2.1M dog house
Shelter moving toward September completion
Mike Granado and Julio Leon of Diede Construction cover the masonry block for Manteca’s new animal shelter being built at Wetmore and South Main streets. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Manteca’s new high-profile animal shelter is taking shape along busy South Main Street at Wetmore Street.

It is part of an overall plan to consolidate municipal operations that city staff expects will save the general fund $590,000 a year.

The shelter’s location puts it on a major thoroughfare just south of downtown. No other Northern San Joaquin Valley city will have an animal shelter in such a prominent location within their community. Civic leaders are hopeful that in doing so it will increase public involvement with the shelter by making it more accessible and not tucking it out of the way on a side street.

The $2.1 million shelter encompasses 6,000 square feet. It will have 52 kennels completely enclosed inside in a separate room to control diseases, reduce noise, and provide better security. There will be separate rooms for cats as well as a lobby with two animal adoption offices and space for staff. It is targeted for completion by September.

The City Council last week approved a $261,621 change order to allow the firm building the shelter to go ahead and do street improvements for the entire corporation yard complex makeover along Wetmore Street plus correct the curvature of the street.

By doing the work now instead of during a later phase the city will minimize overall cost, eliminate the need to go back and tear up the street for utility connections for future phases of the corporate yard project, and will reduce future traffic disruptions.

The multiple phase project is costing Manteca $5.9 million to meet municipal corporation yard needs for the short- and mid-term needs. The tab includes a new vehicle maintenance shop, new operations center, site work, warehouse, water shop, and building maintenance yard. Current users through enterprise accounts as well as the sale of surplus property would pay for $2.7 million including $600,000 from water, $500,000 for solid waste, $100,000 from sewer fund, and the balance from property sales. The rest - $3.2 million – will come from fees already collected from growth for government facilities.

Currently public works maintenance functions are spread between five locations including the water department that has some of its operations at the Powers Avenue fire station.

None of the construction costs will impact the general fund.