An old cinder-block building that long was the last shelter thousands of unwanted pets saw is about to be put to sleep.
In a March 4 memo to city leaders, Public Services Director Gary Stickles said his department wants to demolish the fenced compound at 7110 Sacerdote Lane that for 35 years served as Columbus’ animal shelter.
If the demolition's approved, it would begin Wednesday and be done by March 31.
He cited these reasons for tearing the building down:
•Its proximity to the Jack T. Rutledge prison creates a “blind spot” for correctional officers patrolling the perimeter. Outsiders hiding there have tossed marijuana, cell phones and other contraband over the prison fence for inmates.
•The building’s age makes it difficult to maintain. Its boiler and ventilation systems often break down.
•Annual maintenance costs are $3,250, not counting labor, and the utilities cost $19,000 a year. It would cost $37,000 to make the building fit for continued use as a shelter.
In a partnership with the nonprofit agency PAWS Columbus Inc., the city opened a new $10 million facility last year on 12 acres off Milgen Road.
Residents whose pets are picked up by animal control officers can retrieve them from the city Animal Control Center at 4910 Milgen Road 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
The more prominent item on Columbus Council’s agenda Tuesday is an amendment to the city alcoholic beverage code allowing restaurants making 80 percent of their revenue from food locate closer to churches and schools.
Under the current law, businesses selling alcohol can’t be within 300 feet of churches, schools and day-care centers. That restriction puts so many sites off-limits that it’s impeding economic development.
To make sure businesses operating in places previously prohibited aren’t strip joints and honky-tonks, the proposed law allows no live music, contests or adult entertainment.
Council is to vote on the ordinance Tuesday at its 9 a.m. meeting broadcast live on CCG-TV.
Up for a public hearing is a law that’s not as well publicized, but sure to affect 911 calls and mailing addresses in a neighborhood some call Maridele Estates, east of River Road and south of 54th Street.
That’s where a resident last August complained duplicate street names impede a prompt response to 911 calls. The confusion’s caused by two separate streets that in different stretches are named both Crockett Drive and Abbott Avenue.
Both streets make sharp turns where they’re divided by a creek, and that’s where their names change. From Morris Drive west to the creek, one street is Crockett Drive. At the turn it becomes Abbott Avenue. The city proposes that part of Crockett be renamed “East Crockett Drive.”
On the other side of the creek, from a sharp turn north to 54th Street, the road is named Abbott Avenue, even though it’s Crockett Drive from there west to Lichfield Road. To fix this, the city suggests the street from the creek to Turner Road be renamed Crockett Drive, and from Turner Road to 54th Street, it be called not Abbott Avenue but “North Abbott Avenue.”
Two presentations to council are to be made Tuesday: Engineering Director Donna Newman offers a flood assessment after the deluge Feb. 28 that flooded parts of the city, and Deputy City Manager David Arrington talks about changing the intersection of River Road and Bradley Park Drive.