Johnson City and Washington County leaders are refocusing their efforts to raise nearly $2 million for a new animal shelter.
The two joined together to purchase nearly seven acres of land on North Roan Street earlier this year. It's up to the Animal Control Board and a fund raising committee to generate the nearly $2 million to pay for construction.
If the project is not complete within two years, the county's contribution could be withdrawn. "The sooner we get started on the more active fundraising the less likely the possibility that it might happen,” said city commissioner Ralph Van Brocklin. “I think there is a feeling generally in the community this money can be raised."
Organizers plan to hire an outside fundraising firm to help generate interest.
They are also hoping architectural drawings of the project will help spur interest from possible donors.