Posted at: 04/02/2014 9:19 PM
Updated at: 04/02/2014 10:38 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
After six years of service, Mick MacKenzie leaves the Superior City Council with a win.
"This is wonderful," MacKenzie said. "It's a long-overdue, feel-good project."
MacKenzie is just one of many people who worked to keep an animal shelter in Superior. The vote to approve it was unanimous at Wednesday's meeting. The Humane Society of Douglas County will take over operations of the city shelter on May 1.
"We're excited," Marcy Barby, with HSDC, said. "We have a lot of work to do. We're working triple overtime trying to get ready for May first."
Barby said the city shelter will start as an in-take facility with adoptions taking place at the county facility. That will change once the city builds a new shelter. Barby said everything will take place under that new roof.
"If it goes the way the city is planning, we will have a new facility in about a year or so," Barby said.
One woman at the meeting Wednesday was very excited about the new shelter.
"I can't wait for that first shovel," Dee Fetters said.
Fetters organized a rally a couple weeks ago to raise awareness about the issue. She said the previous option of taking animals to Duluth was not right.
"I don't believe you can warehouse animals," Fetters said. "They are not a commodity that is recyclable."
So, when will the new shelter break ground? MacKenzie said the mayor is on board for this summer.
"He is going to make sure this thing is fast tracked, that we will be on schedule," MacKenzie said.
While MacKenzie won't be a city councilor anymore, he said he'll continue his fight for the animals.
"I'm leaving the council, but I'm not leaving this project," MacKenzie said.
The contract with the Humane Society of Douglas County will last eight months, but they said they plan to continue operations.