OAKLEY -- A seniors group will get a couple more months to prepare for moving into the city's former fire station, while the current occupants will have more time to find a new home.

The City Council this week agreed to extend the lease for Homeless Animals' Lifeline Organization for a second time from April 1 to June 15, after which Oakley Senior Citizens will take over the Second Street building.

HALO has been renting the facility to house some of the cats and dogs it has for adoption since September 2011, but one year later the city terminated the lease agreement because the shelter's barking dogs were disturbing neighbors.

The termination was to take effect in January, but the city later extended that cut-off date to April 1.

Oakley Senior Citizens, also a nonprofit, has been sharing the use of a small, county-owned building on Rosemary Lane, but has more members than space for its activities.

-- Rowena Coetsee