Town of Windsor, CT Animal Shelter Project Updates

May 1, 2017 – Update 5:

Groundbreaking and construction has begun.  Weekly updates and photos can be found here:

Windsor Animal Shelter Construction Progress Updates

March 24, 2017 – Update 4:

During the March 20th Town Council meeting, the Council authorized and approved, by a vote of 9-0-0, to appropriate $884,000 from the General Fund Assigned Fund Balance to fund the Animal Shelter Relocation Project, including demolition of the existing facility, environmental assessment and planning for the Mechanic Street parcel.  The state grant will provide 75% reimbursement of eligible costs, resulting in the town’s estimated cost to be approximately $221,000.  Construction should start by early May and be substantially complete in late summer.  We would like to thank the Town Council, especially Mayor Donald Trinks for his commitment to this project, and Jim Burke, Windsor’s Director of Economic Development, for finding, applying for and managing the State Grant.

March 14, 2017 – Update 3:

During the March 6th Town Council meeting, Town Manager Peter Souza updated the Town Council members on the progress of the animal shelter.  He said that 8 construction bids were opened last week and the Public Building Commission staff is reviewing the two apparent low bidders.  The PBC is expected to complete their review in the next week or so and hopefully it will be on the Council’s agenda for project authorization either the 20th of March or the first meeting in April.  This will allow the project to be started later this spring and be completed, hopefully, late summer or right around the first of September.  This project was approved for State Grants to assist the Town in relocating the current shelter facility and the Town will be responsible for approving the full project amount and then receive 75% reimbursement from the State for eligible expenses.  

February 11, 2017 – Update 2:

Formal advertising for construction bids took place on Tuesday, February 7th.  Sealed bids will be received until Tuesday, February 21, 2017. It is expected the Public Building Commission will review bids in early to mid-March with the request for Town Council project authorization and funding anticipated shortly thereafter. This project, as well as the demolition of the existing facility on Mechanic Street, is funded by large part through a state grant.

January 20, 2017 – Update 1:

FOWACC just wanted to share our excitement with the progress of Windsor’s Animal Shelter Relocation Project.  The construction drawings were forwarded to the State for its review and the Town of Windsor staff expects to bid this project in early 2017, with construction to begin in early spring, 2017.  The new shelter location will be 942 Bloomfield Avenue.

We want to extend our gratitude to everyone involved in the project; especially,

•    Mayor Donald Trinks – for being the driving force to get this project done. He is leading a committee that has focused on getting a new dog pound built in Windsor for much less than the $1     million price tag that had been quoted by contractors who bid on the job.  Now the approximate cost to the Town will be $160,000.
•    Jim Burke, Windsor’s Director of Economic Development – for finding, applying for, and managing the State Grant.
•    Public Building Commission Members – for project construction drawings and revisions.
•    All Town Council members – for their support and approval of the project.
•    State Representatives David Baram and Peggy Sayers for the support.