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Leaders from Fort Stewart and Long County broke ground on the county’s new animal control facility Sept. 18 in Ludowici. The installation and county are joining together in an Intergovernmental Support Agreement for the county to provide animal control on post.
Long County, Fort Stewart partner for animal control agreement
Leaders from Long County and Fort Stewart gathered outdoors at the county’s animal control facility Sept. 18 near Ludowici to break ground on the new building.
The county and the installation joined forces via the Intergovernmental Support Agreement process to make the new facility and the service possible. The National Defense Authorization Act lays the ground work for IGSAs, allowing military services to enter into public-public partnerships for the purposes of cost savings and readiness preservation.
It also creates community bonds, said Fort Stewart Garrison Commander Col. Bryan Logan.
“What it comes down to is money savings for both entities as well as a stronger partnership,” Logan said. “We’re employing those individuals that are right outside the gate and coming onto post and strengthening the already enduring relationship we have.”
The benefits are mutual for Long County and Fort Stewart, said Long County Commission Chairman Robert Parker. Long County gets a new animal control facility, and Fort Stewart gets animal control on the installation.
“We’ve actually partnered with Fort Stewart to complete this project,” Parker said. “It’s a partnership where we’re handling their animal control and they’re in-turn helping us build a new facility.”
Installation Management Command has 66 IGSAs in place currently. Fort Stewart has three of those. Chatham County provides animal control at Hunter Army Airfield; the City of Hinesville does grounds maintenance at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield and the latest agreement for animal control on Fort Stewart via Long County.
Having several IGSAs in place makes Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield more frugal with government funds, but also more robust for future stationing opportunities.
“All of those are a way to not only look at cost savings for the military but we’ve also in draft legislation right now--in the upcoming NDAA--it’s being considered as potential considerations for basing solutions,” Logan said. “So stronger partnerships within the community might sway basing decision on how a unit grows, how a unit comes to a new installation for permanent stationing.”