Board discusses sites for FCAR relocation

The Oakland Board of Mayor and Aldermen briefly discussed properties in the community last month where the Fayette County Animal Rescue organization could possibly relocate.

Board members considered the possibilities during their Aug. 16 regular monthly meeting.

Mayor Scott Ferguson recalled that, at the board’s July 19 meeting, FCAR representatives made a presentation regarding the property that the organization currently occupies.

“Circumstances are going to possibly require them to relocate,” he noted. “They approached the town, as well as approaching other municipalities and other places, to discuss maybe looking for a location here.”

Alderman Maggie Powers said there is some property on Pierce Road that could be available. If she suggests that to FCAR, she said, its representatives might be able to come back to the board with a “firm request” regarding what to do.

While also citing some property in Oakland’s Industrial Park, Powers acknowledged that she has not really had an opportunity to explore it any further.

“Those are two possibilities that I’ve run across,” she said, “but I haven’t heard any further about how pressing that is. I do know they’re contemplating a lot of efforts right now.”

Noting that the FCAR representatives have said it will cost $625,000 to construct a new facility, Alderman Chuck Wombough wondered where they are going to get that money.

“So, even if we were to be able to give them property,” he asked rhetorically, “how are they going to build it?”

Powers said it would be understood that there is an “expiration” on the offer of land. If FCAR fails to “access it and use it,” it would revert back to the town.

Wombough said the only property he could think of is at the “far eastern end” of Cypress Creek Park. But he also acknowledged that it probably will not be developed in his lifetime.

Ferguson noted that he has been communicating with the FCAR representatives.

“We’re going to be getting back with them to discuss these possibilities,” he concluded, “and see if they’ll come back before the board.”