Archive for Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Lansing approves Leavenworth County Humane Society permit for future building

Plan for land near Tonganoxie rejected in 2013

August 12, 2015

The Leavenworth County Humane Society is a step closer to having its own building.

Lansing City Council voted unanimously Aug. 6 to approve a conditional use permit for LCHS, Inc.

The permit allows the organization to build and operate a no-kill pet animal shelter in the Lansing Business Center. The permit must be applied for and renewed in 2020.

LCHS is the only organization working to build and operate a no-kill pet animal shelter serving all Leavenworth County residents.

Previous plans called for the organization to build a facility on 23 acres just south of Tonganoxie, but the Leavenworth County Commission denied LCHS’ special-use permit in December 2013.

At the Aug. 6 meeting, Lansing Council Member David Trinkle asked whether LCHS would provide sheltering for City of Lansing and Lansing residents. LCHS President Crystal Swann Blackdeer noted that the organization would offer contracted shelter services to cities that do not currently have their own shelter for intake of strays and relinquished pets. The organization will also offer sheltering services under contract to the unincorporated county. The animal control authority for that portion of the county is the sheriff’s office.

Internationally known fundraising firm Jeffrey Byrne and Associates has been selected to do a pre-campaign assessment before LCHS begins its capital campaign. That study will help to set the financial goal and timeline for the campaign, and is expected to conclude by the end of 2015, according to LCHS officials.

Treanor Architects of Lawrence prepared the site and floor plans and elevations for the shelter. LCHS and Treanor architect Will Robarge, originally from Leavenworth, visited with Shor-Line Kennels of Kansas City, Kan., to begin selection of kenneling, cages and other shelter equipment. Based on current average shelter construction costs, the building and furnishings are estimated at $3.5 million, for a shelter to house 60 cats and 50 dogs.

For additional information about LCHS or its building plans, email LvnCoHS@live.com or follow LCHS at www.facebook.com/LvnCoHumane.

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