County engineer Mike Short reported that the bids that came back in late May were more than double the $250,000 that had been set aside for the shelter.
The lowest bid was for $622,000, which included $155,000 for site preparation.
“What I would like to ask you to do is reject all of the bids, and we will redesign the building using different materials and a different layout. It will have the same square footage, but I have been assured that we can get to our budget number,” Short said.
Short added that the county will take on the responsibility of site preparation in order to save money. The proposed shelter will be constructed at the landfill.
The timeline for the project will remain unchanged from the original deadline of December 15.
Short said the architectural redesign is already underway.
It has been more than two years since the Walker County Humane Society shut down its facility citing a deficiency in funding.
The county took over operation of the current animal shelter in July 2011.
Jasper City officials announced in January that they have decided to operate their own animal shelter instead of partnering with the county.
The city’s shelter is located on Birmingham Avenue.