County Legislators Alden H. Wolfe, Toney Earl, Jay Hood, Jr, and Ed Day have sponsored a resolution to recommend the County fund the rehabilitation of the county-owned building currently occupied by the .
According to a recent engineering inspection report performed by the County’s Department of General Services, the 35 year-old, one-story, concrete block structure needs a new roof, energy-efficient windows, doors, lights, insulation and upgrades to wall and floor surfaces.
The center, funded in part by the county, is a non-profit organization providing temporary care and shelter to lost, abandoned and unwanted companion animals.
“The rehabilitation of the structure is one step in a process that I hope will lead to ensuring the long-term viability of the center as the provider of animal care services in Rockland County,” said Wolfe on Friday. “As the landlord and owner of the building, we're responsible to make the necessary repairs to preserve this asset and make sure that it is safe and appropriate for its current usage. Further discussions will also include clarifying the landlord/tenant relationship between the County and Hi Tor, as well as bringing other municipalities together to try and reach an understanding regarding funding for the Center.”
Day said, “This report is the first step of giving us a path in identifying a firm process for the care and control of animals in our community. It serves as part of the larger initiative to ensure there is something in place that can be counted on year after year by this community, and not left to happenstance or disputed funding
“I agree that the engineering report makes it evident that the facility is in need of substantial repair,” said Hood. “Even in this fiscal climate we must find a way to help Hi-Tor provide this necessary service.”
Earl added, “Over the years, Hi-Tor has provided excellent and compassionate care to the animals placed in their charge. I agree that attention should be given to providing a safe and suitable facility.”
The resolution will appear on an upcoming agenda of the legislature’s Planning & Public Works Committee. All legislature committee meetings are open to the public and attendance is encouraged. Meetings generally take place in the legislature’s chambers in the Rockland County Office Building, 11 New Hempstead Rd., New City, NY. For information on committee meeting schedules and agendas, visit www.rocklandgov.com , click on County Legislature and follow link to Committee Agendas or call (845) 638-5100.