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County crews clear site for animal shelter

By By Sheila Blackmon/The Meridian Star
June 14, 2001
Lauderdale County supervisors are considering building an animal shelter on Phi Delta Kappa Drive off Old Highway 80 West, and county crews have already begun clearing the site.
The board decided earlier this month not to lease a Lovers Lane site to a local Humane Society organization, after months of the group's collecting money and material donations to upgrade one of the site's four buildings for a shelter.
Homeowners near the newly proposed site don't want the shelter built there.
Todd said he plans to attend a supervisors' work session today to discuss the matter. He said he is concerned supervisors acted out of order when they had the site cleared before voting to build the shelter there.
Homeowners also fear their property values will decrease if the shelter is built there.
Humane Society organizer Cheryl Walton said she doesn't like the site either.
County crews began clearing the site late last week, County Engineer Neal Carson said. They cleared two of 50 acres located on the industrial property so supervisors could look at it, he said.
Sheila Blackmon is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call her at 693-1551, ext. 3275, or e-mail her at sblackmon@themeridianstar.com.