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Residents concerned about proposed local boys treatment center

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WACO - People living near a proposed East Waco treatment center for boys are clearly concerned about it. About 60 of those people met with the owner of Snugg Harbor at a 10 a.m. public meeting Tuesday.

The owner of Snugg Harbor, Rosalyn Ruffin, was hoping the meeting she called would ease neighbors' concerns about the boys who would be living in the facility, but it just generated more questions.

Snugg Harbor is a proposed 90 bed residential treatment center for boys ages 8 to 17. The center would have boys with severe mental, emotional, or behavioral problems.

The boys would be housed in the former Pecan Ridge Assisted Living Center in the 1900 block of Seley Ave. in Waco. Ruffin, a psychologist from Katy, believes the facility is zoned properly for her business.

Besides neighborhood safety, the effect on area La Vega ISD schools is a huge concern for neighbors.

"You're not going to have the staff to send with the kids to school every day to get them under control," said one of the concerned residents at the meeting. "When the teacher has to spend the time with that at-risk kid, she's lost the time with the other kids. I've seen it, I work at the school."

The program administrator told the group that Snugg Harbor will be good for the area. "We're not here to hurt the area. We will also provide employment for people who need jobs."

Tuesday's public meeting is part of the Department of Family and Protective Services Licensing Program. Many attendees only learned about the treatment center from a required media notice about the hearing.

Now there are questions as to whether or not that proposed home for the center is zoned properly and it might in fact need city approval.
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