By Kent Gray

Triplicate staff writer

Cat houses are coming to Crescent City, but not the type that will create a local outcry.

The Crescent City Board of Harbor Commissioners voted unanimously this week to open a housing project of sorts for the harbors stray cats.

The response has been great, said Commissioner Garry Young. As the harbor cleanup continues, like the removal of dredging pipes where the cats have been living, they will need some place to go.

The idea of a cat community was proposed to the board by Young after he was impressed by a similar community in Gold Beach, he said.

Janet Lake painted a picture of the houses in Gold Beach and added Battery Point Lighthouse in the background. The painting will be auctioned at Elk Valley Casino with the proceeds going to Wild Feline Rescue.

The buildings themselves, which consist of miniatures of houses and boats, will be donated by various businesses and carpenters around town.

Board Chair Bonnie Williams suggested a competition with a prize awarded for the building voted as most creative.

At Gold Beach, you can see where they try and outdo each other in the carpenter work, said Young. Id like to find someone here that can make us a replica of the Brother Jonathan.

Young and Williams estimated some 20 stray cats live in the harbor area. Williams said their presence does not generally interfere with the fishermen.

They eat the rats and the mice in the area, she said. Theyre wild so they dont get on the boats and go after the fish.

The two areas being considered for the community are on the northwest corner of the boat basin and the on the jetty east of Whaler Island.

Wild Feline Rescue has offered to feed the cats and clean up the areas, according to Williams.