The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

June 21, 2013

Tilton considers proposed animal rescue center

BY KIM LUTTRELL
Commercial-News

TILTON — Tilton trustees heard a presentation from Darrel Jacobs about a proposed animal rescue and adoption center on Thursday night.

Jacobs, one of the co-founders of the Fetch Dog Park in Danville, hopes to build on a vacant lot on Hodge Street in Tilton.

The building would be located north of the current Paw-A-Day Inn and K-9 Suites.

The center will be called The Dorothy Duensing Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Jacobs said, adding, “It will be named after one of Danville’s most noted animal lovers, Dorothy Duensing.”

The center will be a T-shaped building with a front porch running the width of it.

“The front will resemble a Cracker Barrel restaurant with its porch across the front,” Jacobs said.

The building will have four dog runs in the rear, with space for cats in the front as well as offices and utilities. The facility also will have an area for a veterinary technician to care for the animals, as well as a grooming area.

Plans call for the center to be managed by a full-time manager with previous shelter experience and will have anywhere from five to 12 paid employees. The facility will rely heavily on volunteers to help with the operation.

Jacobs told board members he hopes to build the facility through donations from the community.

Jacobs also hopes to enter into agreements with the city of Danville and Vermilion County to house animals that are collected through animal control operations.

“Each year the county and Danville euthanize approximately 2,000 animals each,” Jacobs said. “We hope to cut that number down by 95 percent.”

Jacobs said the facility would work to adopt out or send through pet rescue services any animals it receives. He anticipates that only 5 percent of the animals would need to be euthanized due to illness or injury.

If suitable agreements can be reached with the county and city of Danville, those governmental bodies would only have to provide animal control services and would not have to house the animals.

Several residents who live east of the proposed facility expressed concerns about odors and the noise from barking dogs.

Jacobs said the dog runs would be equipped for quick cleaning of the kennels and the walls and ceiling would be lined with sound-deadening building material.

The board took no action, but will hold a meeting with Jacobs and residents living near the proposed site to gather more information.

In other board action, trustees:

— Approved the annual appropriation ordinance for the fiscal year that began May 1 and ends April 30, 2014. The ordinance anticipates a 3 percent increase in village expenditures.

— Approved the only bid for a vacant lot at 209 South L Street to Scott Weidig for $800.

— Approved the annexation of property located behind the ballpark. The property was recently de-annexed by the city of Danville.

— Approved an intergovernmental agreement with Danville Township for mosquito abatement in the village. The agreement calls for the village to pay the township $2,500 for providing the service.

— Approved the payment of $54,167 to Foth Infrastructure and Environment LLC of Champaign for engineering services for the 14th Street project.

— Approved payment of $600,000 to Stark Excavating for work on the 14th Street project.

— Approved payment of $1,836 to Burke Spring Shop for repairs to village dump truck and fire truck.

— Approved payment of $2,215 to Flags USA for flags for the village.

— Approved payment of $1,012 to Kesler, Nelson, Garman, Brougher and Townsley of Danville for legal fees.

— Approved payment of $5,209 to Brickyard Landfill for dumping fees for village cleanup day.

What’s next

The Tilton Village Board will meet at 6 p.m. July 18 in the municipal building.