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Iowa City Needs New Bids For Animal Shelter Project

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Plans for a new animal shelter in Iowa City are now at a standstill.

City council members voted unanimously last night to reject construction bids because they had a higher price tag than expected.

A temporary home, that's what this building is to these furry creatures.

The hope is to get them an adequate center.

"We've been in the planning stage here in the last several months. Submitted those plans to bid. They came in over what the budget was, said Capt. Jim Steffen of the Iowa City Police Department.

Nine contractors put in bids for the project.

"The current construction cost budget is 2.7 million, he said, but Captain Steffen says the lowest bid was nearly 3.7 million dollars.

That's a million dollars more than what the city had budgeted for, which is why City Council is taking things back to the drawing board.

"We want to see it go back to the architects and see a rebid, said council member, Kingsley Botchway II.

"We're gonna look at the plans as they were developed, see where we can make cuts and try to get it down to budget, Steffen said.

That means a huge cut is expected.

"We're looking at cutting about a million off right now. So it's a pretty tough feat obviously because we want to do it from a cost efficient stand point but also do it to the quality that the original plan was all about, said Botchway II.

Kingsley Botchway says the council is looking to get those bids in by next month.

Making a more suitable home for these animals a reality.

The city does have 3.1 million dollars to spend on the project.

FEMA is contributing 1.4 million and friends of the animal shelter foundation plans to donate an additional one million.
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