No bark park yet after Craig City Council votes down proposal
The city of Craig has scrapped plans to put a dog park by Moffat County High School.
The Craig Press reported in February that officials with the city of Craig, Moffat County School District, and the Humane Society of Moffat County were putting their heads together and had at least one site already in mind for puppy parents to meet other fellow dog lovers.
“We currently have one dog park location in place,” said Steven Hilley, president of the Moffat County Humane Society.
According to April 10 meeting minutes from Craig’s Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board, superintendent of MCSD, officials with the city of Craig and MCSD were in negotiations for a slice of school property to be leased to the city for a new dog park. MCSD would have leased the space to the city for an annual fee of $1, according to the proposed intergovernmental agreement.
“MCSD and the city are currently exploring the possibility of a dog park,” Ulrich said in a February email. “If successful, MCSD would lease 1.9 acres of the southeast corner of the high school property to the city. The city and the local Humane Society will work to determine how to pay for fencing and any other improvements.”
The city mailed a letter to residents in the neighborhood detailing their plans for the dog park and requesting input.
It seems the city got it.
According to the minutes, so many residents showed up to voice their distaste for additional traffic and other worries, the city’s advisory board recommended the city change the planned location of the bark park.
On Tuesday, council voted to do just that.
“I hope that this moves forward, but obviously at a different location,” said Councilwoman Andrea Camp.
Newly-elected Councilman Brian MacKenzie agreed.
“I would love to see a dog park here in Craig at a different location,” MacKenzie said.
Councilman Tony Bohrer said a silver lining exists in their setback toward bringing a dog park to Craig.
“It wasn’t the best place, I think we all agree on that,” Bohrer said. “But I think the huge win on this was the school district coming to us and saying let’s work together for the people of Craig.”
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