Jonna Spatafore

Jonna Spatafore, shelter director of the Marion County Humane Society, points at ceiling damage sustained in the summer time at the organization’s current facility.

FAIRMONT - Local dogs and cats are on their way to getting a new temporary home while they wait for their forever homes.

The Marion County Humane Society is in the process of getting a new facility after its current location just outside Monongah sustained water damage last summer.

On Monday, staff members and members of the Humane Society’s board met with a contractor to discuss plans to create a new facility and ended up voting to hire Kanawha Stone Company Inc. to start work right behind the current facility.

“This is kind of the official start,” said Anna Romano, president of the Humane Society board. “You have to start somewhere with the commitment.”

Chad Bilotta, project manager for Kanawha Stone Company, attended the meeting to clear up plans for the facility, and to answer questions about the process and cost of the project.

“My part of being here is to know ‘Is this definite now,’” Bilotta said. “Once that has been decided I can put together a cost.”

While the board voted to move on with the project at Monday’s meeting, they also acknowledged that there is still work to be done to prepare for design, construction and payment.

“We need to finalize this with the architect, get the site tested, excavated, prepared for the building and we move forward from there,” said Donna Long, a Humane Society board member. “There’s not that many steps, it’s just going to cost a lot of money.”

Long said that there are options for moving forward with and completing the project, to make it efficient and cost-effective for the nonprofit.

“We can build in stages if we need to,” Long said. “So we’re not necessarily looking at the entire cost upfront.”

Romano said the organization will be in the process of financing and raising money for the project because they want the best for the animals who will occupy the facility.

“We don’t want to raise all this money to get a building with issues,” said Mimi Hartley, a Humane Society board member.

According to Bilotta, the Humane Society could make the project cost-effective and it could be completed in about a year or so. He said he would be in contact with the Humane Society staff to begin work on the project.

“We have talked about three or four different options,” Bilotta said. “Since you’re dealing with a flat side building, it could be as simple as undercutting the areas and doing some work around it. It wouldn’t be costly at all.”

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Eddie Trizzino has been a reporter with the Times West Virginian since August of 2017, covering the entertainment, business and health beats. He spends most of his time listening to records, going to the movies and strolling through the town.

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