Today at 2:40 p.m. First Selectman Tom Herrmann presented to Police Chief James Candee the signed certificate of occupancy for the new Easton Animal Shelter.
The seemingly never ending story of the shelter project, after more than four years in the works and shrouded in trouble all along the way, has finally come close to conclusion.
It will only be a matter of a short time before shelter staff will be moving in, and dogs will be barking and cats will be purring.
“It was a long time coming,” Mr. Herrmann said. “We certainly have a lot to howl about.”
Chief Candee said the shelter still has to be inspected by the state Department of Agriculture animal control unit.
“We have to make sure everything is ready for the inspection,” he said. “A couple dog runs have to be completed, hopefully in the next couple of weeks. We still have work to do to start organizing the shelter to be occupied by dogs and cats, but I’m happy it’s just about done.”
“Isn’t this amazing? You bet I’m ecstatic!” said Mark Halstead, project architect.
“There’s still work to do – some punch list items, and lots of paperwork. The C of O is the biggest step we’ve made since groundbreaking, and it clears the way for using the building. Now that the C of O is in hand, the State Department of Agriculture will come down for a final inspection, and then in come the dogs!”
It will be up to the Animal Shelter Committee to decide how to commemorate the long-awaited opening, but a ribbon cutting ceremony is likely to take place in the not too distant future.