Warren’s police chief has been given the go-ahead to begin looking for a new animal shelter.
The Town Council told Police Chief Peter Achilli at its meeting last Tuesday, Oct. 8, to begin looking for a new building to replace the overcrowded cinderblock building on Wood Street that sits in a flood plain.
The police chief plans to circulate a request for proposals (RFP) for ideas, including the possible leasing of a new building, building a new shelter or some other approach.
Achilli said he would “research the matter” and report back to the Town Council before it moves into the next budget season. Volunteers at the shelter, which often services Barrington, have been complaining for years about the building.
The time has come, said Town Council President Chris Stanley, to find a new home for the shelter and the animals it services. The possibility of a regional shelter has been floated from time to time, he said.
Barrington does not have an animal shelter; Bristol is considering building a new one. All options are expected to be considered, said the police chief, including working with shelter advocates to come up with a new facility.