Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Blairstown Township Wants to Help Canines

Our four-footed friends may get more public places to play.

A new dog park on Main Street was mentioned at the January 12th Public Meeting of the Blairstown Township Committee. At the meeting, Jeanette Iurato, who owns several pieces of property in the downtown area, agreed with this idea.

“That would be really nice as someone who lives in the village… Many of our people down there are living in apartments. And those buildings don’t have yards and don’t have access (to) walk their dogs. I’ve just actually seen them go in the road or go in front of the eateries.”

Committeeman Walter Orcutt motioned to move this project along, with unanimous approval.

The proposal was made while discussing how to address Sycamore Park’s existing canine area.

The popular dog park is now run by only one person, operating as an LLC, who’s looking to retire the responsibility. The Blairstown Township Committee offered to absorb the dog park and maintain it under the Recreation Department.

In the past, dog park visitors paid a membership fee that went towards the LLC’s insurance policy. Mayor Rob Moorhead suggested, “The insurance that it would require would fall under our insurance and wouldn’t cost us any more. So, if we were so inclined, we could stop charging residents for the dog park.”

Under the town’s control, new entrance regulations would be implemented, particularly regarding the fence lock. Blairstown residents could download an app on their smartphones and use it to unlock the new electronic dog park gate.

Residents without smartphones and out of towners need only visit town hall with proof of license and vaccination to receive a code to manually open the lock with an ID card. This system will also provide resident owners with an incentive to renew licenses in order to renew their code each year.

Both canine parks would have these electronic locks.

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