The Story County Board of Supervisors approved the construction of two new secondary roads buildings in Story County.

According to Story County Engineer Darren Moon the building in Kelley will be an 82-by 60-foot building, and the Roland building will be an 84-by-48-foot building. The Roland site includes demolition and removal of an existing maintenance building. According to Board Chair Rick Sanders, the county stopped using the Slater shed three years ago due to the small size, and the fact that it was built in the 1930s, making the construction of the new buildings “long overdue.”

Construction is anticipated to be completed by summer 2018.

The decision took place during the board’s Oct. 4 meeting. The board also approved the opening date for bids on the secondary roads buildings in Kelley and Roland for 10 a.m. on Oct. 31.

Approved a new animal shelter attendant position

The Board approved the hiring of a temporary animal control attendant, while a current attendant is out on maternity leave for three months.

The position would last 14 weeks, from Dec. 11, 2017 through March 16, 2018, and consist primarily of assisting in the day-to-day operation to ensure that service does not fall behind.

According to Story County Animal Control Director Sue McCaskey, in her 25 years at the shelter, this is the most animals she has seen at a single time. McCaskey said that the year has been extremely busy, and that the position needs to be filled in order to accommodate the amount of animals they have.