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Bibb County is another step closer to building a new animal shelter after a citizens' committee picked the site Monday.

Commissioner Lonzy Edwards told 13WMAZ that thecounty-owned location near Fulton Mill Road and Eisenhower Parkway covers about 10 acres of land.

County commissioners must still approve the location during their meeting Tuesday.

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Edwards said three factors were key in selecting this site.

"It had to be accessible, visible and affordable," Edwards said.

He added that none of the other recommended sites offered as much as the Fulton Mill Road location at the price.

"The less we have to spend on procuring the land," Edwards said, "the more of the $3 million we have for the shelter can go into the building."

Chairman Sam Hart also interviewed architect candidates for the project, and Edwards thinks a selection for that job could come as soon as Tuesday.

With an architect in place, Edwards estimates the new shelter could be completed in 12 to 18 months.

In the meantime, Edwards said there are other animal welfare issues that "can't wait," like creating "an effective spaying and neutering program."

The current animal shelter is next to the city of Macon's landfill and plagued with health and safety problems.

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