City council met remotely with Sandra Tapia, a resident of Chamberlain Avenue, who is seeking council permission to operate a kennel on VFW Parkway.
Tapia addressed the Council during a public hearing on his proposal.
“I’m looking to set up a training center at 100 VFW Parkway,” Tapia said. “This will be a training center / daycare so I need a kennel license because with a little bit of behavioral training you have to spend the night the dogs. I keep the kennel at a capacity of 40 dogs maximum for daycare and a maximum of 10 dogs at night.
Resident Wayne Rose asked if there was an adequate number of parking spaces for dog owners who dropped off their pets at the facility each day.
“There are 12 parking spaces assigned to me,” Tapia said. “There will be different drop-off times because there are long days and short days available. We will also be doing a lot of pickups ourselves.
Ward 5 Councilor John Powers said he had visited the proposed center for the kennel. “There is certainly adequate parking,” Powers said. “In fact, people will have appointments to train their dogs. There are so many people in this town who have dogs, I think that’s a good thing because people who go away for awhile or want to train their dog are always looking for places to take a dog. dog.
“I have witnessed Ms. Tapia for many years and the small craft she has on Point of Pines walking dogs for residents – I think that’s great service,” Powers said. “She is a young woman who has resided in Pines for many years and I expect that if granted this license she will do a great job there.
General Councilor Anthony Zambuto said he had known Tapia for a long time and that she had “an excellent reputation”.
“I am certainly in favor of this use. I think it’s necessary and I couldn’t think of a better place for it.
Ward 1 Councilor Joanne McKenna said Tapia “comes with great praise.”
“It has received exceptional reviews and this is a great location,” McKenna said. “There are no residents there, so I think it’s a good choice.”
The councilor of district 3, Arthur Guinasso, also praised the “high references” of Tapia.
“People think a lot about her as a person so I know she will take care of the dogs too. She has a story in it. The location couldn’t be better, ”Guinasso said.
“I have received good responses from people who have contacted you,” Chairman of the Board Patrick Keefe told Tapia. “There are definitely more needs in the city where I think there is only one active kennel. It’s nice that you want to do this as a legitimate business and that you’re doing it the right way, we appreciate it. “
Keefe referred the proposal to the Zoning Subcommittee for its October 5 meeting.