Gordon says ‘no’ to additional shelter manpower

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wshelter-catroom4Warren’s town manager has turned down a request from the Warren Police Department to hire an additional part time animal control officer.

Shelter workers and volunteers had sought an additional $17,000 this coming year to pay for the additional officer, who would presumably spend time at the shelter when other workers were gone. Volunteer Karen Lynch said earlier this month that animal control officer Mike was coming in on his own, at night, to check on the animals, as they are often left for long stretches.

“He worries about them but he can’t keep doing that,” she said. “We need more people.”

But in a budget plan presented to the Warren Town Council earlier this month, town manager Thomas Gordon recommended against the department’s request for $27,000 for assistants. Instead, he recommended $13,325 — $325 more than the department is spending this current year.

Other line items received modest increases as well, though by lesser amounts than were requested by the department. They include a 6.9 percent hike in overtime and a 1.8 percent increase in general and operating expenses. The manager also recommended doubling the shelter’s repair budget, from the current $5,000 to $10,000.

Budget review coming up

Mr. Gordon’s numbers are not set in stone. The Warren Town Council will soon begin reviewing the budget and making its own recommendations. After that, public hearings will be held and the final budget plan will be put to a public vote at the Warren Financial Town Meeting in May.

The council’s first budget review session begins at 9 a.m. this Saturdya, March 1, at Warren Town Hall. Though the police department budget will not be reviewed Saturday, it is scheduled to be the following Saturday, March8.  This Saturday’s review schedule includes:

9 a.m.: Harbormaster

9:15 a.m.: Recreation

9:30 a.m.: Library

9:45 a.m.: Social Services

10 a.m.: Senior Center

10:15 a.m.: Tax Assessor

10:30 a.m.: Municipal Court

10:45 a.m.: Finance Department

11 a.m.: Town Manager

11:15 a.m.: Grants and Contributions

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4 Comments

  1. klynch26 said:

    Unless the ACO returns at night on his own time to let the dogs out one more time before bed, the animals at the shelter are left alone from 2:30 in the afternoon until 7:00 the next morning during the week and from 2:00 in the afternoon until 8:00 in the morning on weekends. That is 16 1/2 hours during the week and 18 hours on the weekend. If a Warren resident left a dog in a crate for 18 hours at a time, that would be neglect. But obviously, Mr. Gordan obviously sees nothing wrong with that. Ask him how he would like being denied access to the bathroom for that long!!!!

  2. Lawrence Krause Jr said:

    Why should the town hire a third person to work nights when it as been suggested that the Weekend ACO could work nights? At the time it was suggested they also offered to cover the cost for the hours.

    If a third person were hired the town would have to pay for that person to get rabies shots and pay the ACO to train the new person. But if the Weekend ACO was used, they have already had their shots and knows how the Shelter operates.

  3. Wil DeGelt said:

    Great job Mr. Gordon! Don’t give in! We should NOT be spending a DIME on “animal control” in these tough economic times. Let the crazy cat people volunteer their time if they think it’s so important. As for me, I say let’s go back to the good old days – scoop up the strays and GAS ‘EM!

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