City may buy animal shelter

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Frankfort Fire Chief Wallace Possich and City Commissioner Andy Layson asked the Franklin County Humane Society Board Thursday evening if it would consider finding a new home for its animal shelter.

Possich said there's a possibility the city may be acquiring the Lock 4 site with all the buildings from the Kentucky River Authority. The River Authority is considering leasing the property to the city, Possich said, "and we would use that area primarily as a training facility for the fire department and police department.

"If the Humane Society was not located where it is now, we could possibly get some Homeland Security grant money to enclose the whole area. Gated access would allow us as a city to better secure the lock and dam area."

Possich said they decided to attend the board meeting to find out if the Humane Society would be receptive to the city "buying out your property. And if so, what would it take?"

Layson said, "It's not so much that we're opposed to the Humane Society being there," but with gated access it would be difficult for the Humane Society to operate its animal shelter. "In light of all the Homeland Security issues going around nationwide, it's pretty important we increase the security of our dam and lock because that is the single source of our water supply for the city.

"We're in need of a training facility. I think the chief envisions this as kind of a regional training facility where other counties and agencies would come in and hopefully help pay for it."

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