The City Council approved moving ahead with short- and long-term solutions to repair the erosion of the creek bank at the Animal Shelter, even though federal money will not be forthcoming.
The council added up to $35,000 to the existing shelter renovation contract for immediate repairs to the western side of the creek and restoration of the pedestrian bridge, which was damaged by the December floods.
The council also directed the City Manager John Pietig to continue to pursue a project that would restore the creek bank, rebuild the parking lot and protect the shelter from damage, even without Federal Emergency Management Agency funding.
"I want to be sure the shelter doesn't fall into the creek," Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson said.
Pietig had hoped FEMA would at least pay a percentage of the estimated $175,000 to $200,000 for "in-kind" repairs that would fill the erosion areas with compacted soil, install a new pedestrian bridge on the existing foundation and restore the asphalt parking lot to its pre-flood condition.