Talks begin on possible city dog park

Talks begin on possible city dog park

By Ray Scherer

Interested citizens have begun speaking with Hermann officials on the prospects for creating a dog park for the community.

Part of the discussion at the Nov. 23 Hermann Board of Aldermen meeting focused on chances for locating a dog park somewhere in the city.

Ward Two Alderman David Faerber opened the discussion, stating the former medical clinic on Sixth Street had been mentioned as a potential site -- yet has one drawback by being the floodplain.

"It can't be something that floods," he told the board.

Alternatively, Faerber said the opposite side of city hall's parking lot could work out as a dog park, since it is currently unused. He said he would not be opposed to such an idea, but noted that fencing would need to be installed. Senior citizens in the area would enjoy the nearby location, he added, as a way of exercising their dogs. The site also possesses shade trees.

Hermann City Administrator Mark Wallace said the notion of a dog park has been broached by residents, and that the city has been assured that a group would maintain the area for its use by dog owners. One of the residents, Keren Shefer, said she and other residents have met with Wallace and have been considering the idea over the past few months. Shefer said those interested in a dog park intend to attend the park board's Dec. 7 meeting.

A source of water, lighting and some benches would be among the other prerequisites for a dog park in Hermann.

"Hopefully, we can move forward with it," said Mayor Bruce Cox at the end of the discussion.

City Attorney David Politte noted that Washington has a new dog park and said the board could check it out as part of its research into the proposal.