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12/20/2012 2:45:00 PM
City OK's sound berm for Dog Park
The Cottonwood City Council this week approved a new earthen sound berm for the Cottonwood dog Park
The Cottonwood City Council this week approved a new earthen sound berm for the Cottonwood dog Park

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD -- The Cottonwood City Council is taking a slow approach to the additional, and more costly, work at the Cottonwood Dog Park to reduce impacts to neighbor Jeanice Allen's home.

After getting estimates for the cost of installing a sound-dampening earth berm, Councilman Tim Elinski moved that the city build a berm 300-feet long, the entire length of the dog park.

"We should take baby steps. It is a lot of money," said Elinski.

The 6-foot tall berm, with a base 24-feet wide, is estimated to cost $11,600. The motion also included re-configuring the existing fenced park area. That includes moving gates and the small dog and the dog training areas to the far northwest and then placing slats in the fence of the smaller areas. That work is estimated at another $5,639.

The council did not agree to a quoted 550-foot berm (from a maintenance shed to 7th Street) or to install a chain link fence with sound-attenuating material on top of the berm. That solution could have cost the city nearly $40,000.

Jeanice Allen, the only audience member to address the council, said, "No one is complaining but me. But, there are now more people coming to the park. And I can tell you their conversations."

"I think you should have moved it to the Black Hills area. I will have to sell my home and no one wants a dog park near their property."

At the urging of Mayor Diane Joens, specific closure hours will be designated, depending upon the season.

The city has already limited uses to 8 p.m., but agreed that it should not be open before 7 a.m. or after dark.

Earlier, staff re-routed traffic to the north of the park, oiled gates, reduced hours and added sign, encouraging better control of dogs.

Taylor Waste
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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Bill Z

People who move next to parks and then complain because the park isn't quiet enough are very annoying to me. You don't get squatters rights over control of a public park by moving next to it.

Bill Z

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: over a couple

people how much now will the taxpayers be on the hook? Remember the old days if you got out with a blow horn soon someone came out and fitted you with a jacket that the sleeves tied together. Prob solved

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Lia Cox

complain, complain!!! I suggest she move and the town buy her house and expand the park!! I live NEXT DOOR to a braying donkey, barking dogs, clucking chickens & crowing roosters etc 24/7 you get used to it! stop complaining learn tolerance!! animals are a huge part of this planet, its not all ours!!

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

And when the first flood comes in that floodplain where does the Berm go, and what happens to the dog park, too?

Half measures are no real solution at all. Just a waste of taxpayers money.

Follow the money closely to see who ends up benefiting from the berm. Always follow the money.

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