Local Business In Jeopardy Over Potential New SCRAPS Shelter
SPOKANE, Wash. - The first of three town hall meeting takes place Wednesday night at the Spokane County Fairgrounds to discuss the November ballot issue called "Measure #1."
If you live in Spokane County and you're a registered voter, you'll have a say on whether it gets passed. The money raised by the proposed 15 million dollar levy would provide the funding needed to replace the aging SCRAPS facility.
SCRAPS Director Nancy Hill told KHQ Local News if this measure is approved by the voters it would cost the owner of a $200,000 home about $1 per month. Hill says it needs a central location and if passed, SCRAPS still wouldn't build new.
She says if passed the city and county would work together to purchase a city-owned property which includes an industrial building off of Broadway and Havana.
Two different trucking companies work out of that warehouse at the current time. Collectively it employs 70 people and has a payroll of three and a half million dollars a year.
But the city owns the land. It said it needed it during the construction of the Havana Street Bridge. Now it's the proposed location for the animal control service.
"One of the things that disappointed me was that nobody came to us from the city, from the county, and said ‘Ok. Who's here? What do you do? How many people work here and where would you go," said Fast Way Freight Service President Jeff Bosma.
Nancy Hill says the current SCRAPS facility is more than 40 years old.
"There are no options to expand so we really need to move into a more central location which will of course help pet owners to find us, reunite them with lost pets and be more of a resource to the community" Hill said.
Jeff Bosma says he understands the reality of the situation and he agrees that the animals need a new home. He just hopes his hard work isn't shut down in the process. He doesn't know where his business will re-locate if this measure were to pass, but he says there's a good chance that he would have to move it out of Spokane and possibly out of the county.
If you miss Wednesday's public town hall meeting, you still have two more chances to let your voice be heard. Wednesday, October 5th at 6 p.m. at the Spokane Humane Society and Wednesday, October 12th at 5:30 at the County Commissioners hearing room. (1026 W. Broadway)
Todd Mielke and SCRAPS Director Nancy Hill will moderate the discussion. On the 12th Spokane Mayor Mary Verner will be in attendance.
This web story was filed by KHQ Local News Reporter Alex Rozier.
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