Millet dog park discussion kenneled until March 22

A decision for an off leash dog park in the Town of Millet has been tabled for a second time by councillors.

After debate

A decision for an off leash dog park in the Town of Millet has been tabled for a second time by councillors.

CAO Teri Pelletier brought forth to councillors at their Feb. 22 meeting the idea of a trial run, semi-temporary dog park, including two proposed locations.

Option A would be a triangular area and is currently fenced on two sides. It is maintained by park staff and contains a bench and waste receptacles. Option B is much larger, not maintained by staff and has no benches or waste bins.

All councillors, excluding Coun. Vicki Pyle, seemed to favour the larger parcel of land, option B.

“I think that option B to me makes the most sense,” said Coun. Doug Peel. He added because option B is rougher pasture land than option A it may deter bike riders and walkers from using the area.

Coun. Mike Storey liked option B better for the potential volume of dogs and owners that may use the off leash park. “I don’t think option A is big enough.”

Coun. Carol Sadoroszney said she favoured option B, along with some of the residents she spoke with and the Millet in Bloom Committee.

“I agree with option B,” said Coun. Pat Garrett. Her concern is liability and she does not want the park located near walking trails or pedestrian bridges.

Pyle feels the smaller area which has better grassy areas would be a better park for those who want to walk their dogs and have strollers and for seniors with dogs. “The smaller area, being groomed, has a little more appeal to it.”

Pelletier says because option B is more pasture-like land there may be less incentive for owners to pick up after their animals, on top of a lack waste receptacles in the area.

Mayor Tony Wadsworth was also in favour of option B but did not think it needed to be as large as proposed. The location has a natural choke point one-third of the way down which he feels would be a good place to fence the park.

Pelletier proposed to council that snow fence be used to fill in any barrier gaps at a chosen location as a way to keep costs low, between $400 and $500, during the trial run.

However, the idea of a snow fence received mixed results from council, and mayor Tony Wadsworth asked that administration specifically price out snow fence costs for the ends of proposed option B, for the ends of only one-third of option B, and chain link for the ends of one-third of option B. The numbers will come back to council for its March 22 meeting.

“I don’t think snow fence will address the concerns of dogs getting out,” said Pyle. Pelletier explained the snow fence would act as a sight barrier for the dogs, and added badly behaved dogs should not be brought to the dog park regardless of what fencing is there.

The mayor agreed with Pyle on the snow fence though. “Snow fence in my own mind is dubious,” said Wadsworth.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Wetaskiwin shelter will close early after assaults, other problems

Mayor Tyler Gandam said mental health, addictions overshadowing shelter’s purpose

Ephraim Girling Brings The Law To Wetaskiwin

No-nonsense police officer didn’t mess around with law-breakers

New intersection coming for Hwy. #2A near grain terminal

G3 Canada will begin new intersection in 2020

Franchises a great option for business-minded

BMO expert gives brief look at 2020

County of Wetaskiwin transfer donated land to Scouts Canada body

A.L. Siler originally asked county to hold land in trust in 1972

Fashion Fridays: The 8 best quality online stores! Shop the ultimate sales

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Study says flu vaccine protected most people during unusual influenza season

Test-negative method was pioneered by the BC Centre for Disease Control in 2004

Saskatchewan and B.C. reach championship round at Scotties

British Columbia’s Corryn Brown locked up the last berth in Pool B

Portrait of the Coastal GasLink, a pipeline to divide a nation

In mid-February, 46 per cent of the pipeline route had been cleared

Alberta ends master agreement with doctors, new rules to be in place April 1

The current master agreement with physicians ends March 31

Alberta rail conductor fired for social media posts awarded money, but not reinstatement

Arbitrator Richard Hornung says that he agreed with the Teamsters union

Kids exposed to household cleaners as newborns more likely to get asthma: study

Air fresheners, plug-in deodorizers, antimicrobial hand sanitizers and oven cleaners were the worst culprits

Burger King breaks the mould with new advertising campaign

The company is known for irreverent ad campaigns

PHOTOS: RCMP call on kids to name latest police puppy recruits

This year’s theme is the letter ‘N,’ and 13 German shephards must be named

Most Read