CORNER BROOK — Corner Brook council approved the application necessary to convert the new facility acquired by the SPCA into its new shelter.
The building, located on the North Shore of the Bay of Islands, is being renovated to replace the ageing and dilapidated current facility in the Curling area of the city.
Some members of the new council do not appear happy with the progress being made to get the new facility open, including the red tape and additional costs being incurred by the organization.
Deputy Mayor Bernd Staeben said architectural drawings being requested by the city will cost the animal group another $26,000. The SPCA is continuing to raise money to complete the installation of a fire suppression system.
Staeben asked what staff or council could do to help speed up the process. Paul Barnable, director of community services, first replied that he would check on the status of the project and said he did not have the information at hand.
Mayor Charles Pender said council should meet with the SPCA board members to discuss the issues and see what concerns they have. Then, Barnable and Mike Dolter, chief administrative officer, both said staff have been working with the board to help get them into the building. They said it has been offered that they could move into a portion of the facility and continue the renovation process in phases.