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Rule change before council allowing dogs some park space

GRANGEVILLE – Pet lovers are one step closer to having a designated public space to let the dogs out.

But don’t forget to scoop that poop.

At its Feb. 17 meeting, the Grangeville City Council passed to the first reading an ordinance change to designate the east side of Lions Park to allow dogs. The city code change clarifies the special use for this park only, leaving in place the prohibition of dogs at Grangeville’s remaining city parks – Pioneer and Soroptimists – and a misdemeanor penalty for its violation.

Letting your pooch play at Lions Park will also require pickup of its fecal matter; violation would be an infraction entailing a $300 fine. This is a new infraction that, pending ordinance adoption, would apply to all city parks.

Council has considered the change for the past month that started with a request by businessman Kevin Asker to place dog waste collection stations at Lions Park, costs for which he would meet half. Stations would complement activity at the park that historically has been used by pet owners to run their canines.

At its Feb. 2 meeting, general consensus was for placement of three stations, estimated at $825 total, installation for which Asker said would be best later in spring. However, no decision has been made for purchase approval.

Council will consider adoption of the ordinance at its March 2 meeting. However, this change, if approved, will not go into effect until signage is placed at Lions Park.


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