Buffalo Council Split On Dog Park

Buffalo Council Split On Dog Park

The Buffalo City Council is split once again, this time over a proposed dog park the Vision Buffalo Commission (VBC) has been working on for quite a while now.

At the last council meeting, Travis Lawrence, with the VBC, gave a short presentation and asked the council for permission to put a dog park on city-owned land and back their application to secure funding from the Johnson County Recreation Board.
The VBC has identified five different possible locations for ther park, and were waiting to choose a site after upcoming public input meetings.

Councilmen Dave Long and Russ Humphrey then began asking questions of Lawrence, concerned over who would be responsible for maintaining the city-owned lands, and who would be liable in case a dog bites someone, and who would bear the costs of maintaining the site.

Humphrey then asked about costs associated with putting in the dog park.

Lawrence then said the properties being looked at for the dog park are all city-owned lands that have not been utililized in his lifetime, and by the city adding the dog park, they could “provide an amenity for the public.”

Councilman Long suggested the council table the issue until the VBC brings back a specific site, costs for operating and maintaining the facility, and who would be responsible for the proposed park.

By tabling the issue, the VBC would more than likely miss the deadline for applying for grant funds through the Rec Board, according to their discussions.

The council voted 3-2 in favor of allowing VBC to continue looking into the process, with public input on location, and to apply for the rec board grant.
Councilmen Humphrey and Long voted against.

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