It’s a go: Easton Animal Shelter gets a CO

Dogs will bark; cats will purr; shelter staff will move in

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Police Chief James Candee and First Selectman Tom Herrmann hold the freshly signed certificate of occupancy for the long-awaited new town animal shelter.

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.”

The certificate of occupancy for the new animal shelter was signed today.

The certificate of occupancy for the new animal shelter was signed today.

“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.

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  • RobinHood

    This is great news – but as I understand it from members of the animal shelter committee, we can’t move into the structure until the State inspects it and rules it satisfactory. How long will that process take?

  • Another FineMess

    Congratulations… It cost more to make that structure than the present value of my home with swimming pool and added dollars to my property tax bill — I attended the meetings when it was discussed and remember anyone who had concerns about the project, including myself, were soundly dismissed… How could such a simple undertaking turn into such a drama???

  • picasso1

    The fact of the matter is that the animal shelter is done (or very close to being done). We should be thankful there is a nice facility to bring animals.

    It’s too bad there are always negative people out there like Another Fine Mess.

  • Jean Marie

    I am absolutely thrilled the shelter’s been approved, it’s about time! Wish it had been done while I was still a resident several years ago. I adopted my little kitten, Orion, this last New Year’s Eve from there and love him so much. I had to put my older cat down and Kelly helped me pick out this little guy who brings me such joy. I was amazed that they were still in the old place, but Kelly assured me it wouldn’t be long, and she was right :)

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