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Council mulls Maple Street dog park

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Man’s best friend may have a new place to play if Marysville goes through with a planned dog park.

Marysville City Council heard the first reading July 10 of an ordinance authorizing funding for the construction of a dog park and modifying the 2014 budget accordingly.

The park would be built on three to four acres beside the city’s Maintenance and Operations Center, 455 N. Maple St., at a cost of $85,000.

City Administrator Terry Emery told council the project has been on the radar since the Parks and Recreation Committee released its master plan in 2010.

The committee had discussed putting the project on the to-do list for 2015, but now it may be completed this year.

“It came up in a finance committee meeting, and the consensus of the committee was this might be an opportune time to do this project and incorporate it into the 2014 pavement program, because the pavement portion of the project could be more than 50 percent of the project,” Emery said.

“We have excellent costs for that right now, so it could be a nice cost saver as well.”

Public Service Director Mike Andrako said a dog park is a logical use of land at the maintenance facility.

“We need two things for a dog park: We need a parking lot and we need a fence. We did some preliminary cost estimates and came up with $85,000,” he said.

The current plan includes 30 parking spaces.

Councilman Henk Berbee said the money would come from the city’s Parkland Development Fund.

The Marysville Planning Commission requires commercial developers and home builders to share in the cost of obtaining land and developing parks, recreational facilities and open spaces. Public health, safety and welfare require at least 10 acres of such land for every 1,000 residents.

Berbee said developers can make a payment in lieu of land at $1,000 per residential unit, or $500 for the first 3,000 square feet of a nonresidential unit and 7 cents for each square foot above 3,000. The money goes into the Parkland Development Fund.

Berbee said because of increased development, the fund had received $150,800 as of June 30, bringing the balance to $191,109.

Councilman Mark Reams said the Parks and Recreation Committee wanted to have the dog park open by spring 2015. But since most pavement projects do not take place until midsummer, meeting that timeline was another reason to move the project to 2014.

Andrako said he would visit dog parks in other cities and talk with officials to find out what they liked and what they would do differently.

The ordinance will receive a second reading at council’s next regular meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. July 24 at City Hall, 209 S. Main St.

“We are anticipating using the contractor who is performing the work on the paving program. We hope to have the parking lot constructed by the end of September,” Andrako said.

“The fencing and other items associated with the dog park are planned for sometime this fall.”

Andrako stressed the plan is preliminary and many of the design details have not yet been determined.

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