City Council backed the site plan for a proposed $800,000 women's shelter on a long-vacant lot on Breen Avenue.....The move was not without controversy as some neighbors continue to object to the proposal on grounds of safety and neighborhood encroachment.
In the end it came down to a property rights issue, and since the land is zoned for what is proposed, all Council had to consider was the site plan.
I think when done the project will blend into the neighborhood, and I am sure the Women's Center management will do all they can to make sure that's the case.
Neighbors had been upset in recent years over the county placing certain persons in a nearby hotel and feared the same would happen at the shelter.
Council also debated a plan to eliminate the position of water superintendent and fold the department under the city engineer. Councilman Smith and I opposed the plan.
Lawmakers also took time to honor retiring City Clerk Donna Dutton and held an executive session.
Site Plan Unanimously Approved for Victims Shelter on Breen Avenue