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Dog park brings more growls over Greasel

January 23, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The message was clear at last week's Canfield City meeting. Build a dog park, but not in the city parks.

Residents from around Greasel Park attended the Jan. 16 meeting of city council to express their view of a proposed dog park at Greasel Park. Most agreed, a dog park would be nice, but not in the city's parks.

Resident Russ Ensley said dog parks are recommended to not border residences and are to be self-contained. He said running a drain from the upper part of Greasel would be bringing a problem to residences on the north end.

He also mentioned having a petition with 50 residents signing to prevent a dog park at Greasel. He said most favored having a dog park, just not in the city parks.

Other concerns included how to ensure dogs in a dog park have been properly vaccinated, and how can the city ensure people are following the rules and cleaning up after their dog.

City Manager Wade Calhoun mentioned he received five emails from people opposed to having the dog park at Greasel.

Canfield Mayor Richard Duffet said, " Fair Park and Greasel Park are both off the list for me."

Councilwoman Christine Oliver said she is for a dog park, but added it needs to be in the proper place.

On a different issue, a discussion was held concerning a motion for a consulting contract with Town Center Associates Inc. The agreement would pay the firm around $10,000 per year to do a downtown assessment and help put together a plan to improve the down town area.

"I was not impressed with the presentations from Town Center Associates," said resident Nancy Brundage.

A discussion went back and forth and ended when Mark Peluso from TCA withdrew the contract. At that point, Council voted to remove it from the agenda since no contract was now on the table.



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