BRYAN -- The Bryan city council voted to put an end to all the months of negotiations and sign a new 15-year contract with the Brazos Animal Shelter.
The city of Bryan will pay the shelter almost $380,000 to care for stray and neglected animals caught by the city's animal control.
Animals will be held for three days and then be made available if the owners do not claim them.
The city will also spend up to $500,000 to build a new facility for the shelter on Leonard Road.
Bryan's deputy city manager, Hugh Walker says, "It allows citizens the opportunity to know that they have one location that they need to go to. If they are operating out of two different facilities or there are two different entities running a shelter, it becomes a little more cumbersome and you're not sure where to go and so if you're at one property it makes it easier for citizens."
Walker says the city hopes to have the new facility up and running by the start of 2012.
The Brazos Animal Shelter board has a few weeks to decide to accept the terms of the new contract.