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Council to discuss New Leash expansion

Xavier Smith • Updated Sep 6, 2016 at 8:00 AM

The Lebanon City Council will look to waive fees associated with the New Leash on Life expansion project Tuesday after the move passed on first reading last month. 

The council will have a 5:30 p.m. work session at Town Hall before its 6 p.m. regular meeting to review Planning Department items. 

The facility, located on Jim Draper Boulevard behind Pro Bowl West, has taken on an expansion project that will expand the facility’s spay/neuter clinic and move space to accommodate a larger number of dogs and cats at the adoption center. 

The council agreed on first reading last month to wave the fees owed to the city associated with this project for the organization, which lost some of its funding in 2013 after Wilson County stopped giving money collected from a $2 domestic animal tax to the organization. 

New Leash on Life director Angela Chapman said she understood that permits still would need to be filled with the city and all building protocols must be followed. 

The first phase of the expansion project will be a spay/neuter clinic. Currently, the spay station (the group’s mobile surgery unit) is not able to “fix” large dogs because the surgery table is too small, according to Chapman. 

Also, the organization isn’t able to serve as many dogs because they are limited by the kennels that can fit on the spay station. She said with a brick and mortar facility, the size of the dogs and the number of dogs served would increase. 

Chapman said with more space, more cats could also be accommodated. 

“With a physical clinic, we will better accommodate the needs of pet owners in the community. This should have an impact on the number of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens, reducing pet homelessness and this is a win-win for everyone,” Chapman said. 

The New Leash on Life expansion project would likely start after the neighboring Lebanon Dog Park is complete. 

The Lebanon City Council approved the location and plans for the pet park last year. The three-acre park will be divided into two sections for smaller and larger dogs, along with a shaded section for pet owners.

In other business, the council will discuss:

• plan of services, annexing and zoning for about 89 acres of unaddressed property on Odum Lane

• budget amendment for the Lebanon Police Department to purchase four police vehicles

• renaming Commerce Farms Road to International Drive

• dedicating a portion of Knoxville Avenue in memory of Sergeant Austin Rollins

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