Contract approved for animal health lab

November 04, 1994|By Matthew Barakat | Matthew Barakat,Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS -- The state has approved a $1.3 million contract to build a new animal health laboratory in Frederick.

"We've . . . outgrown the facilities we have now," said Jacob Casper, the lab's director.

The new lab will have improved facilities for diagnosing diseases and will include a crematorium that will allow the lab to dispose of the carcasses from 250 autopsies annually.

Construction of the lab -- by Frederick-based Bruchey Builders -- has already begun. "The contract award is a little bit after the fact," said Agriculture Department spokesman Harold Kanarek.

Frederick County Commissioner Sue Ann Yingling said that parts of the old lab will be torn down. "Some parts of the lab are just so antiquated, and in an agricultural area, it's essential to have quality facilities," she said.

The Frederick lab is one of five animal health labs run by the state Department of Agriculture. The others are in College Park, Centreville, Salisbury and Oakland.

Frederick County is supplying $568,547, or 44 percent, of the funding. Ms. Yingling said that Carroll and Washington counties were chipping in because they expect to benefit from the facility as well. The state will supply the rest of the funding.

The project is expected to be completed in March. Mr. Casper said the project was a couple of weeks behind schedule.

The contract was approved at Wednesday's Board of Public Works meeting. The board is composed of Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein, Treasurer Lucille Maurer and Gov. William Donald Schaefer. Mr. Schaefer was absent on a trip to the Far East.

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