Update on the Dog Pound Move
By Joe Morey
At their weekly meeting in November following complaints about the conditions of the current dog pound, the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board (TGB) unanimously approved moving the pound into the old Public Works building just down from the LCO Police Department. It was reported that the move was waiting on an estimate from LCO Development for the cost to convert the old public works into the new dog pound.
At the TGB meeting on Dec. 9, Alan Johnson, Director of LCO Development, told the TGB the costs of supplies for renovation of the old building would be about $40,000. Johnson said he believed they would be better off tearing down the old building and using the slab for a new one.
Johnson noted Public Works Director Willard Gouge also said the old building had too many issues and that’s why they moved into a new facility.
“You’ll be moving from one bad building into another,” Johnson told the TGB. He also said it was too late for the move this year. Any move would have to wait till spring, he explained.
The TGB directed Johnson to put together the total costs for both, a renovation and a new building constructed on the slab.