STANFORD — A grant-funded project to expand and upgrade the Lincoln County Animal Shelter is mostly complete and should be done by January.
Construction on the new 16-run addition began this summer, thanks to an approximately $100,000 grant from the Department of Agriculture, Lincoln County engineer Alan Bowman said.
Besides the extra capacity, the grant has also funded installation of a central heating and ventilation system, water fountain, outdoor drains and a dishwasher, Bowman said.
The only step left to complete the project is assembling the metal frames and gates that separate each of the individual dog runs. If the county can do that work in-house, it will leave the remainder of the grant balance — around $3,000 — available for installing acoustic baffles that will cut down on echoes and noise in the shelter, Bowman said.
"It's a metal building and it can get pretty noisy in here," he said.
Bowman said with its original 24 runs, the shelter isn't currently overcrowded, but it can't hold many more animals.
"They're at capacity, so this will help," he said.