MYSTERY DONOR GIVES SHELTER $200,000

April 17, 2001 11:00 pm

An anonymous donation of $200,000 and the approval of a final building permit by the city is bringing the South Coast Humane Societys animal shelter closer to reality.

A ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled for noon Monday at 828 Railroad Ave., the shelter site. The public is encouraged to attend.

The $200,000 donation has been placed in an endowment fund and the interest it generates will be used for operational expenses, said Don McGehee, vice-president of the society.

He estimates the shelters operating expenses at $100,000 a year. A previous donation of $300,000 was made by the same donor for the building expenses, said Billie Sieg, society president.

The society purchased land on Railroad Street for a shelter several months ago. The land has an existing structure that will be used for storage as the shelter is being built. The structure will be torn down after the shelter is built, McGehee said.

The shelter was designed by Brookings resident and retired engineer Buzz Hansen and was based on existing shelters in Florence and Bend, McGehee said.

Richardson Construction, a Brookings firm, was contracted for the job. Hansen will oversee the construction.

South Coast Lumber donated all the lumber needed for the project, McGehee said.

Its really a relief to see us get this far, he said.

Jan Carringer, society publicity director, said that Les and Arlene Hambly have been a driving force (behind the shelter) for at least five years.

Were just thrilled our dream is finally turning to reality, Sieg said.

Construction is scheduled to begin the first week of May and McGehee said it should be completed by December.