2006-07-07 / News

Garage will now become animal shelter

Renovating a garage for a teen center instead of an animal shelter is no longer being considered, the Town Council was advised at its June meeting.

Councilor Barbara Szepatowski told her colleagues, "The animal shelter is back on. The teen center is off. I apparently stepped on some feet and did not handle it properly . . . when I offered to give priorities to the teens." She said a community coalition

for teens is working under a $50,000 multi-year grant from the Rhode Island Foundation to develop a plan for a permanent teen center, and some participants are concerned that the use of a renovated garage, intended to be temporary, would interfere with long-range plans.

"Just when you think a problem can be solved and go full speed ahead, there are people already working on it and do not want to hear a new plan," Szepatowski said.

Councilman Michael Schnack voiced a popular quote: "No good deed goes unpunished."

The councilors agreed they need to review the overall teen situation, including a recent suggestion to add a second floor to the town Community Center, as well as the status of the coalition and the foundation funding. They said the matter would be made a council agenda item this month.

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