Bond proposal includes new animal shelter for Springdale

Springdale looks to build at local park

Posted: January 7, 2018 at 1:05 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Stephanie Schwedhelm, animal caretaker, takes Caroline, a shelter resident since August, from her kennel Friday to visit in the front office area at the Springdale Animal Services building. The shelter adopted out 1,207 animals in 2016, returned 799 to their owners and euthanized 190 -- about 10 percent.

Scarlett and Ruby made themselves at home. They steal treats and wreck the yard, but they also give slobbery kisses and cuddle on the couch. The Hignite family love the two basset hound mixes adopted last summer from the city Animal Shelter.

Special election

Springdale residents will vote on a $200 million bond issue that would pay for projects in five areas. The sixth question on the ballot asks voters to renew a 1 percent sales tax to pay the bonds. The renewal must pass for any of the projects to be funded.

Estimated costs and projects are:

• $71.4 million for street improvement.

• $47.4 million to refinance debt.

• $40.8 million for a criminal justice center and renovate the city administration building.

• $19.4 million for parks and trails.

• $16.4 million for three fire stations.

• $5.2 million to replace the animal shelter.

Source: Staff report

Editor’s note:

This is the first in a six-part series examining the proposed bond issue Springdale voters will decide Feb. 13 and the projects it would fund. Visit nwaonline.com for this and future stories.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK A cat stands up in her kennel Friday outside the Cat Room at the Springdale Animal Services building. Constructi...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK The Springdale Animal Services building at 321 E. Randall Wobbe Lane in Springdale. "The existing shelter is too...

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