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Sep 1, 2010 11:23 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town considers repairs to animal shelter

Sep 1, 2010 11:23 AM

Infrastructure improvements need to be made at the Southampton Town Animal Shelter, and Southampton Town is on the line to pay for at least some projects—to the tune of about $40,000.

At a Southampton Town Board work session on Thursday, August 26, Town Animal Shelter Supervisor Donald Bambrick and Assistant Town Attorney Joseph Burke discussed eight projects that officials have identified as priorities.

Mr. Burke explained that under the town’s three-year contract with the Southampton Town Animal Shelter Foundation, a private group that was brought on to manage the shelter in January, the town has agreed to shoulder specific repairs to the facility.

Southampton Town’s financial obligation to the shelter increases by $50,000 per year under the current contract, beginning this year at $200,000 and running up to $300,000 in 2012.

One project that falls under the town’s reponsibliity, according to the contract, is to revamp the shelter’s laundry room, which would include buying new machines and other improvements at a cost of about $12,000, according to figures tallied by Town Maintenance Supervisor Peter Gaudiello. Those machines are four years old and have cost thousands of dollars in repairs since October 2008, according to figures cited by officials at the meeting. Additionally, the project would include a $3,000 repair to relocate the gas pipes and repair the venting in the room.

Other projects within the town’s contractual obligations that are on the list include installing a stainless steel counter and sink, at the cost of $10,000. Repairs to the shelter’s Kennel E guillotine doors and outside site work that includes installing a cement slab to hold the facility’s Dumpster and fencing it in would cost the town about $10,000. All of the figures are estimates by Mr. Gaudiello.

Other issues with the shelter were also cited in the list of projects, although town officials did not indicate that the town was contractually required to pay for them. Repairs to the exterior of the building, like curb cuts, as well as various improvements to the isolation and intake rooms inside the shelter are also on the list. Heating, ventilating and air conditioning improvements are also listed, as well as issues with insulation of the building—particularly sealing up the ceiling. Those repairs combined will run well into the thousands, according to the figures listed.

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