Plainville dog park decision postponed

Plainville dog park decision postponed

Record-Journal


PLAINVILLE — Residents may need to wait longer for a dog park after the council agreed to postpone a decision on its location pending a public hearing next month.

“We need to take steps to give people the opportunity to talk,” said Scott Saunders, Town Council vice chairman.

The issue was on the council’s agenda Monday night. However, some councilors said they had received negative feedback on Norton Place Extension, the location proposed by the dog park committee, Several residents also spoke in opposition at the meeting.

Danielle Roux said the park would be too close to her home at the corner of Robert Street Extension.

“I am totally against this dog park,” she said. “This park is 150 feet from my house, there is really no barrier.”

She added she is concerned about the safety of her family.

The neighborhood flooded in 2011 and most of the houses were purchased and demolished as part of the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

The area is isolated, but still considered residential. Roux suggested Norton Park as a better alternative.

The dog park committee initially hoped to open a dog park at an existing park like Norton Park, but police and town officials had safety concerns.

“The most appropriate site is Norton Place Extension,” said Dan Ciesielski, chairman of the dog park committee.

The plan is to have separate areas for small and large dogs, surrounded by approximately 1,000 feet of fencing.

Ciesielski voiced his frustration over the council’s vote to postpone the decision. He said informal surveys put out by the committee came back primarily positive for a dog park at Norton Place Extension.

“It’s really something in the past few days I’ve become aware of in that neighborhood,” Councilor Christopher Wazorko said of concerns in the neighborhood.

Wazorko cited several concerns from homeowners, including safety issues and the need to monitor the area since it is isolated.

Other residents said they were concerned about the park being in a flood zone and what the cleanup would entail after heavy rain.

“It causes such a mess and that would cost the town to have to spend more money to repair and fix up the dog park,” said Cindy Rogers, a resident on Farmington Avenue.

A public hearing will be held for more residents to give their opinions to the council. Meanwhile, Ciesielski said, fundraising for the estimated $25,000 to $30,000 park will now have to wait.

The dog park committee will work on getting further feedback at the upcoming Balloon Festival this weekend.

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