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Animal control building in plans
Morgan commission also eyeing new environmental sciences facility

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

The Morgan County Commission plans to choose architects soon for a new animal control facility and an environmental services building.

The desired locations are in the Hartselle-Morgan County Industrial Park.

Initially, Chairman John Glasscock had planned to exclude all commissioners except one from the selection process.

During a discussion at a work session Monday, District 4 Commissioner Stacy George requested to be on each committee that Glasscock sought commission approval to create.

Ultimately, the entire commission got on both committees.

At the work session, Glasscock announced that the committee to choose an architect for the animal shelter would include Director Claudia Ray, Engineer Greg Bodley, District 2 Commissioner Ken Livingston and himself.

George said he wanted to be on the committee because most of the stray animals in the county are in his district. Glasscock didn't object to George's request for that committee, but he did not indicate that he would add his name.

Glasscock said the committee for an architect for an environmental services building would include Director Ricky Brooks, Bodley, Livingston and himself.

George said he wanted to be on that committee as well, but Glasscock wanted to limit him to one for the animal shelter, although Glasscock put himself and Livingston on both committees.

"You can't be on every committee," Glasscock told George.

George asked how he selected the committee.

Glasscock didn't answer.

During a recess after the work session, a reporter reminded Glasscock that the public's business must remain in the open and it would not be appropriate to form committees that exclude any of the commissioners.

During the meeting, Glasscock then included the entire commission on each committee.

After the meeting, Glasscock said he had not talked to Hartselle officials but he hopes the county will be able to place the facilities at the industrial park on Thompson Road.

"We're looking at 13 acres that I think would be a great location for environmental services and animal control," Glasscock said. "We have not worked it out with Hartselle officials, but we hope to get there. I believe the demands for this park will decrease once the new park is built because people will want to be on Interstate 65."

Currently, animal control and environmental services are in offices near Livingston's county shop.

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