Monday, December 22, 2014

Mesa County receives settlement from construction defect litigation on Animal Service Building

The Mesa County District Court recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by Mesa County relating to construction defects associated with the Animal Services Building. Mesa County entered into a settlement which required the Defendant to pay Mesa County $1,200,000 as a condition of the dismissal of the lawsuit. The funds have been received and will be placed in Mesa County’s Capital fund.

The Animal Services Building, located at 917 Coffman Road, Whitewater, Colorado was constructed between 2008 and 2010. Despite the lawsuit, the building has been in continual operation as Mesa County’s only government-supported animal shelter. The Animal Services staff and volunteers have shown their dedication and resilience during this time.

Mesa County thanks the Animal Services employees and volunteers for continuing to fulfill their mission to “enforce animal ordinances that protect the safety and welfare of the people and pets of Mesa County [and] collaborate with animal welfare agencies to rehome pets and to provide community education promoting responsible pet ownership.”

While no definite plans have been made for how the settlement money will be spent, staff continues to develop options related to the extensive repairs that the building will require. Decisions concerning the needed repairs and other options for the building will be a matter of consideration for the Board of Commissioners over the next several months.

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