Dec 07

County Agrees to Terms for Renting Animal Shelter

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com

Dakota City, Iowa — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors may be able to breathe a little easier. Talks with Denise Johnson to allow the county and city to rent the kennels on her property have neared total agreement.

Johnson, who was — and still is — looking to sell her entire acreage, has verbally agreed to allow Humboldt County Animal Control Officer Merri Hanson use the property as an animal shelter for the county.

Following a USDA inspection earlier this year, Hanson brought the concern from the USDA officer — who said Humboldt County needed an animal shelter — to the board of supervisors.

Johnson’s property is about three miles west of Humboldt on Highway 3.

She explained Monday that there will be some minor fixes needed before it could be operational, which include: light painting outside, power washing, and a fix of the water heater.

This will be a temporary fix [for the county]”, supervisor Dave Lee explained.

According to the supervisors, the USDA Officer has ok’d the area to be used moving forward.