Dog Park Lease Gets ApprovalIssue Date: October 12, 2016
The proposed dog park on city-owned property in the Town of Peshtigo passed another hurdle on Tuesday, Oct. 11, when Peshtigo City Council's Building and Property Committee tentatively approved a lease with the T.O.P. Dog Park, Inc. The favorable vote by aldermen Tom Gryzwa, Debbie Sievert and Committee Chair Mary Lock came after a question and answer session with club spokesman Sue Cota. The proposed lease will now go to City Council for approval on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Approval is subject to okay by City Attorney Dave Spangenberg, and includes a proposed 5-year development plan presented by Cota.
The dog park group has been seeking a home for its proposed park since it was formed about two years ago.
The lease, for $1 a year, is to be for one year initially, followed by a four or five year automatic renewal. It involves five acres on the northeast corner of the city's 44-acre property on Harbor Road in the Town of Peshtigo.
At a previous meeting the committee had asked that a survey be done, and Cota reported that Tom McGowan, who had done the original survey, prepared a legal description for the club.
Gryzwa commented since the triangular park area is tucked into one corner of the property the remaining 39 acres is unaffected and remains available for other uses.
Liability insurance coverage also has been upgraded from $600,000 to $1 million as requested by the city.
Asked about plans for developing the property,Cota said the timeline depends on how fast donations come in. She estimated total cost of developing the park at $50,000. The park is to be entirely self funded, so there will be a membership fee for those who use it regularly, as well as provisions for deposit of day use fees for one-time or occasional users.
As to raising that money, Cota said one family has donated $500 and once they get the lease approved, the head of that family is going challenge another family to match it.
Year One of the plan calls for a major fund drive in the Tri-Cities and surrounding communities, site preparation, parking lot, and installation of a sign designating, "Future Home of T.O.P. Dog Park."
Year Two the fund drive will continue, a run for small dogs is to be constructed, permanent signs are to be erected, dog waste receptacles are to be acquired, and permits will be sold.
In Year Three the donation drive will continue, a large dog run will be erected, and benches and picnic tables will be added.
In Year Four a walking path is to be designed to go around the entire inside perimeter of the five acres for walking dogs on a leash.
Year Five, final year of the plan, calls for putting down mulch and chips on the walking path, and planting trees on the site as needed.
Lock asked about supervision, since dogs there are required to be licensed and have all needed shots. Cota said there cannot be an attendant on duty all the time, but there will be spot checks for enforcement.
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