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Soon-To-Be Renovated Regional Animal Shelter Paid For By $100K Grant

The towns of Clinton and Westbrook have joined forces to renovate Clinton's existing animal shelter, saving both towns and taxpayers major dollars.

 

Plan "A" was to build a new regional animal shelter in Westbrook that would be shared by two towns for a total of between $275,000 - $300,000, with help from a $100,000 state grant.

The idea made sense, mainly because Westbrook was losing their existing animal shelter to make way for additional train station parking and gaining a new town garage at the existing state Department of Transportation (DOT) facility off Route 145. The new animal shelter was planned to be part of the town garage/DOT complex.

But then folks such as State Representative James Crawford, Clinton First Selectman Willie Fritz, Westbrook First Selectman Noel Bishop, and Clinton Selectman (and State Representative-elect) Tom Vicino, put their heads together and figured that renovating the existing Clinton facility and regionalizing its services and costs would save money.

Enter Plan "B."

"We decided that it made sense to renovate the Clinton facility," said Crawford. "The size was almost the same and it will be shared by Clinton and Westbrook with a potential for Killingworth."

The Clinton Animal Shelter is located on the grounds of the Department of Public Works facility on Nod Road.

Luckily, the $100,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant could be transferred from the original plan to the current one.

Vicino said that bids for the renovation work have been sent to potential firms and that the work should begin soon, with a two to three month time frame to complete, depending upon the weather.

"This facility will look and function the same as the new one planned for Westbrook but at a zero cost to taxpayers," said Vicino. "This facility is just one of many regional projects we'd like to address that can help save money."

Bishop agreed, adding that regional projects are a benefit to the communities.

"Because we worked together on this and collaborated, we can deliver excellent services at a reduced cost," said Bishop. "You hear a lot about regionalizing - this is a prime example of one that works."

Jane Scully Welch November 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Thanks to Jim Crawford!!!!
Jay November 13, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Back in the 90's, as a member of the failed and fired Wesbrook School building commitee, Crawford did nothing to prevent or alleviate the Six million dollar overun or the year and half long delay in finishing a school building under interior construction delay. . Getting a handout from Malloys wantonl spending of taxpayer monies for a dog pound is the limit of Crawford's capabilities.
Valentina DeMayo DaCosta November 13, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Thank you Willie Fritz & Jim Crawford! Captain Kitt's Cat boarding appreciates all efforts to help pets & owners find each other & minimize the stray populous through adoption!
A Killingworth Resident November 13, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Don't you think you're being a little harsh ex-Democrat? Back during hurricane Irene when everything was devastated here in Killingworth we were getting our instructions from the Clinton selectman on what to do. Our own first selectwoman Cathy Iino must have been off doing her nails or something because we didn't hear a peep from her the whole time. I have to give your first selectman thanks on that. Besides, this is for an animal shelter. What would the alternative be? Just let animals run around?
Phil Sengle November 13, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Now that regionalization is recognized as the way to go - I suggest that Clinton provide police and dispatch services to Killingworth and Westbrook thereby saving us all money. Actually if we can get a state grant to do this, based on Vicino's analysis, such a consolidation will be "at zero cost to taxpayers". Now that "hand our own money back to us" Crawford is out of the way, I suggest the spare shovel shown in the photo be used to clean up the dog excrement. Yet another saving.
DOREEN H November 14, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Thank You Mr Fritz & Mr Crawford for continuing to work together for the better of our community. The Animal Control Officers must be happy to be getting a New, Safe &Up To Date facility to continue to do their jobs. We should be welcoming Westbrook to our soon to be New Facility. Just because pulling the Animals together is a cost effective venture is not by any way the same for Human Services. That analysis Mr Sengle speaks of was already done. The outcome? Not a good idea. It was not going to be a zero cost to Clinton. I think Mr Sengle should step up to the plate if he thinks he can do a better job. He seems to know everything about everything. The Elections are over. On to Positive out with negative. Thats what the other shovel could be used for. Congratulations Clinton on your new dog pound.

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