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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-11-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JULY 11-17, 2019 SCITUATE 17 "Everything came to a grinding halt after the last election. Everything just stopped, the same thing with the police station," Collins said. The previous council set aside $50,000 for the shelter and expected approximately $50,000 in money from a local resident who donated his home to the shelter after his death. Unfortunately, Collins said, the home brought in less than expected, at $35,000. "They thought they were going to get a big windfall from the estate sale," Collins said. After pouring the foundation, Collins said there is approximately $77,000 left in funding for the reno- vations. "We could be up to $100,000 short," he said. The long-needed upgrades will cre- ate space for new offices, with the existing entryway used to revamp the meet-and-greet space for people to get to know their potential pets. The exterior of the building will be done as well, with plans to replace the moss-covered concrete exterior of the shelter with vinyl siding. Animal Control Director Pat Howarth said getting the kittens and pregnant cats out from a small water heater closet and into a different room in the shelter is another impor- tant aspect of the renovations. Collins said estimates to complete the building are at $180,000. The self-professed animal lover said he believes whatever the cost may be, people tend to support the animal shelter's fundraisers. He said with estimates to finish the police station over-budget, he does not want to do the same with the animal shelter. At the same time, he said it's important to get the job done as quickly and cost-effectively as pos- sible. "We're going do it, and we're going to do it right," Collins said. Since the new council put together a new five-member Animal Shelter Building Committee to finish the job, the committee began meeting in early June, sending out two requests for proposals for radiant heating and the concrete floor on June 28. As with the police station, commit- tee members plan on hiring a gener- al contractor rather than completing the build themselves. Collins said plans are being drawn and donated by one of the commit- tee volunteers, and will soon be final- ized, stamped by an engineer, and presented to the town for approval. "Once the plans are done and the council is up to speed, sooner rather than later we'll put out (a request) to bid the project," Collins said. Collins said the board is decid- ing between block or wood for the building, with wood costing dramati- cally less than block, which will last longer. The concrete foundation for the SCITUATE ANIMAL SHELTER expansion project was poured in November of 2018, but prog- ress came to a halt when the former council members, the so-called "Independent Men," were ousted from office. The Town Council created an Animal Shelter Building Committee to complete the project, which may run up to $100,000 over budget. BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD SHELTER From Page One Gentian Garden Club hosts yard sale SCITUATE – The Gentian Garden Club will host a yard sale at the North Scituate Community House, 546 West Greenville Road, on Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. Members will have tables set up to sell an assortment of items. The club has also announced its new Executive Board members: Edna Duffy, president; Cheryl Hahn, 1st vice president; Cindy Gianfrancesco, 2nd vice president; Kathy Bessette, secretary; Kathleen Giovine, treasurer; and Heidi McCabe, auditor. Chef Terranova visits Chopmist Hill Inn SCITUATE – Generations at Chopmist Hill Inn, 1315 Chopmist Hill Road, will host Chef Frank Terranova, from Channel 10's "Cooking with Class," on Wednesday, July 17, at noon. Terranova will be doing cook- ing demonstrations and tastings of gnocchi alla Romana, Caprese chicken and chicken piccata. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 401-647-2662. do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fill 5 every week! They're all at valleybreeze.com IN BRIEF Hope Library presents Tunes-n-Tales for Tots SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will present Tunes-n- Tales for Tots on Wednesdays, July 17, 24, and 31, all at 11 a.m. Anne-Marie Forer will enter- tain families with children ages 18 months to 4 years with music and movement activities. For more information or to regis- ter, call the library at 401-821-7910. IN BRIEF North Scituate Farmers Market runs through Oct. 5 SCITUATE – The North Scituate Farmers Market will be held on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, through Oct. 5, at the Village Green, Scituate Art Festival grounds, at West Greenville Road and Silk Lane. There will be fruits, vegetables, flowers, eggs, beef, lamb, honey, cider, maple syrup, preserves, artisan breads, pizzas, pies, bath and body items, handmade crafts and more. WIC and senior coupons are accepted. For more information, visit www.farmfreshri.org .

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