August 24, 2017 10:53AM
By Ashley Kus,
The Plainville Citizen
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.
“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.