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PATRONS SUPPORT OFF LEASH 7-6-11 LMS

The city’s Parks and Recreation Committee is on a fact finding mission to determine whether or not the city policy which allows dog owners to let their dogs off-leash on Island Park is working. Several residents in favor of the policy attended the committee’s June 27 meeting.

In his report to the July 6 Salmon City Council meeting Parks and Recreation Committee Chairman Jim Kluesner said the six patrons in attendance were all in favor of continuing the opportunity to have a space for their dogs to run free and they said that opportunity is one of the positive things mentioned about Salmon by out of area visitors.

Those speaking in support of retaining the privileges were Sheryl Amar, Doris Mogard, Robert Nick Taylor, Paula Moser, Diana Taylor and Jim Seahigan.

Kluesner said the reasons behind the policy review have to do with safety and park cleanliness. He said some mothers of children who use the Pedestrian Bridge have complained that their children are being met on the Island Park end of the bridge by off-leash dogs. They feel it is a safety concern.

A drowning tragedy this Spring brought additional focus on safety when a young woman died in her attempt to help a friend and two dogs caught in the high water current flowing around Island Park.

He said the sanitation issue is due to negligence on the part of dog owners who are not cleaning up after their pets.

Kluesner said the committee will continue its research and at some point will make recommendations concerning the off-leash policy to the full council.

The Parks and Recreation Committee also met with leaders of baseball organizations and distributed proposed city agreements for them to review. The guests in attendance for that discussion were Paul Sever, Dawn Ackerman, Morgan Peets and Michael Phillips.

The girl’s youth softball is a separate group and the city would like to know the name of a contact person for that organization. The city is also asking the groups for tournament schedules and a list of any other scheduled events at the City Park baseball fields. He said the service contract with Salmon Hockey will be finalized at the next Parks and Recreation Committee meeting.

Kluesner said the question of liability was raised and it was suggested that those who are using the fields are using them at their own risk.

The next meeting of the Parks and Recreation Committee will be July 26 at 4:30PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.


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