A packed crowd looked on as Hernando aldermen Tuesday unanimously approved a site for Hernando's new animal shelter on property not far from the existing dog park in Renasant Park.
Hernando aldermen voted to approve a one-acre site on city-owned property known as the South Lagoon site as the new site for the city's new animal shelter.
Applause and cheers erupted after the vote. The vote was unanimous among all aldermen present. Ward 3 Alderman Gary Higdon was absent.
A total of $275,000 has been approved for the new animal shelter and local architect Doug Thornton with the architectural firm of AERC has donated his services for its design.
"It's absolutely perfect," said Hernando Animal Shelter Executive Director Susan Huff after the vote. "We actually like the location better than the original location in Renasant Park."
The proposed site for the no-kill shelter is within walking distance of the dog park.
The new site is located on land formerly used as the South Lagoon, located not far from the city's skateboard park.
"Soil testing will be done at the lagoon site," added Huff. "If the soil testing is okay, we can get started very quickly. It could be just a couple of months."
Hernando Mayor Tom Ferguson said the new shelter's exact foot print and size has yet to be determined. "It's a win-win for everybody," Ferguson said.
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.