MIDLAND, TX (KMID/KPEJ) – Tall City residents weren’t shy to voice their opinions at the Midland City Council meeting on Tuesday about a new Humane Coalition building.
“If I’m sitting on on my driveway admiring a sunset, drinkin’ a beer, and I can hear the yappin’ dogs, now what do we do?” one man said.
Noise and traffic seem to be the main concerns for residents at Timber Wolf Estates, a developing neighborhood off of Elkins Rd. neighboring the lot where the shelter is set to be built.
“It’s a good thing, a dog refuge, but there are more conducive places to locate it,” another woman said at the meeting.
Luann Morgan of the Midland Humane Coalition says the seven-acre lot they’re set to build the new facility on, is perfect for what they need.
She says neighboring facilities shouldn’t fret about traffic because the shelter won’t be a public adoption agency for some time to come.
To combat noisy animals, Morgan and building engineers told the council the building will be enclosed, and animals will remain inside throughout the night.
“The most important thing to us is to be good neighbors to the people that live out there,” Morgan said.
She said although they have their current location at the Midland PETSMART, the new building is necessary for their mission of placing pets in good homes and making Midland a no-kill city.
“The main reason we even wanted the facility was we needed a place to foster, and a place for wellness for pets,” Morgan said.
The Midland City Council approved the zone change on first reading.
The zone change would give the Midland Humane Coalition a green light to build the pet rehabilitation center on the donated seven-acre lot north of Crownride Dr. on Elkins Rd., according to officials.
The next vote will likely be at the next city council meeting.