Bethel is considering upgrades to the Animal Shelter. The current facility was constructed in the 1970s. Its location is the biggest issue, with the recently added garage settling in the direction of the nearby swamp.
Public Works Director Doug Arndt says it's getting to the point where it's unsafe and should be condemned. A structural engineer has evaluated the garage and the existing building. Although the actual building was deemed to be in safe condition, he says there were some structural deficiencies due to the settling of the back end of the building.
The Bethel Board of Selectmen considered a bid waiver proposal from BMP Construction for the 83-thousand dollars project, plus a 10-percent contingency.
Selectman Paul Szatkowski requested that the town contact Danbury Animal Shelter about renting or leasing options with their animal shelter. First Selectman Knickerbocker tabled the item until Arndt had written approval from the State that the improvements presented to the board would meet the states requirements, Town Counsel had an opportunity to review the proposed bid waiver and the town had an opportunity to contact Danbury Animal Shelter.