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Feb. 9 Council Agenda Summary: Fenced in Dog Parks

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Below is a summary of what is due to occur at this week's Council meeting. Santee Patch regularly reports on Council meetings, so check back on Wednesday night for the lowdown on the meeting.

The most interesting topic being discussed at the Feb. 9 is a revisiting of the issue in Santee:

Invocation: Pastor Phil Herrington,

• "Local radio personality 'Shotgun Tom' Kelly and Chris Carmichael from the KCBQ Monument committee will present thank you plaques to the City Council and staff in appreciation of work completed installing a nationally recognized radio monument that will be an asset to the community for years to come."

• has purchased three scoreboards and must now donate them to the City in order for them to be installed. The City Council must accept the donation. Installation costs will be $2,000 and an estimated $500 per year in maintenance costs.

Public Hearings:

• The Council is asking for public comments and suggestions to "assess and prioritize community development and ... and to solicit proposals for Community Development Block Grant."

No final decisions will be made on Wednesday, the subject will be decided following another public hearing during the Feb. 23 meeting.

City Council Items and Reports:

• Councilmember will issue a report on concerning the possibility of a public-private partnership. This is the summary in the agenda: "I have been exploring options for a partnership with a group of residents in support of enclosed dog parks at and/or . A proposal for financial participation by the City and the dog park users is included in tonight's staff report, and I suggest it for Council consideration tonight."

The staff recommendation is to use fencing that the City already has in storage to create a semi-permanent .93 acre fenced in area at Mast Park and install a fenced off leash area at Woodglen Vista Park as long as funds can be raised with the City matching 50 percent of the $6,800 to $9,800 cost of the project.

If you want to publicly comment on this topic, fill out a speaker slip at the beginning of the meeting.

For more detailed information see the full council agenda in the media box or download here.

Kathy February 11, 2011 at 07:09 AM
Thank you Melonie, these rules are extremely fair to ensure the safety for all. I am a devoted dog lover and my devoted lab passed away at the age of 14 years, almost 6 yrs ago. I always told people that she was my best kid, in the family. Of course, my other 3 grown children probably felt slighted, LOL. It has been almost 6 years since I lost my baby girl (Lab), and the pain of her passing, is just as fresh, as the day it happened, but my family has finally convinced me to get another lab. I am very excited about the modification for the Woodglen Vista Park for the dogs, as when I had my baby girl, there was no allowance for dogs to run free and play at the park. I look forward to sometime in the future enjoying this area with anticipated family addition.
Lynne Mollay February 11, 2011 at 03:08 PM
Kathy. Can't wait to meet you and your new dog. I have met so many nice people at the dog park. This is my first dog in about 35 years and I had no idea she would consume my life like this. One of the things we would like to do after the fence is to get a dog trainer to come (for a nominal fee) and help people who have trouble handling their dogs. Hopefully the person that you spoke of will come and learn.
Lynne Mollay February 11, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Melonie. There are actually 3 and they are not always full. We hope to make it a priority to have more and to make sure they are always full. Most of the regular users of the dog park also bring bags from home - just in case. Our new off-leash parks (Mast and WV) will be included in the next edition of petloverspublications.com which is a local dog friendly site. Check it out if you get time.
Kathy February 11, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Thank you Lynne. Actually, I am currently looking for a female, Black or Yellow Lab Puppy. I will not be ready to accept until April, as I have a trip planned in March and I want to be with the puppy daily. If you or anyone you know of that will be having a litter soon, I would really appreciate the referral. Yes, I would be very much interested in a dog training class, they are wonderful for the dog and owner. I find the owner usually needs the class more then the dog, LOL.
Lynne Mollay February 12, 2011 at 02:26 PM
I will keep my eyes and ears open. You might also want to check with some of the rescue groups. There are so many dogs that need homes. I personally got a beautiful "mutt" at San Diego Animal Rescue and she is the cutest dog in the park (LOL!) You can email me at lynnemollay@cox.net and I will keep your information private but advise you if I hear of any puppies available.

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