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2/2/2013 2:11:00 PM
Cottonwood City Council Q&A, Round 2; Question 1
Cottonwood City Council candidates (from left) Tim Elinski, Randall Garrison, Linda Norman, Darold Smith and Karen Pfeifer
Cottonwood City Council candidates (from left) Tim Elinski, Randall Garrison, Linda Norman, Darold Smith and Karen Pfeifer

This is the second round of questions to the five candidates seeking the March 12 vote for one of three Cottonwood City Council terms. Randall Garrison and Darold Smith are challenging incumbents Tim Elinski, Linda Norman and Karen Pfeifer for the four-year council terms

Questions by Jon Hutchinson


1) Do you support having a dog park in Cottonwood and, if so, do you support it in its current location? What is your response to the criticisms about the Cottonwood Dog Park?

Tim Elinski (incumbent)

I do support having a dog park in the community because citizens not only requested it, but formed a committee for its establishment, raising funds and providing volunteer labor, requiring nothing monetarily from the taxpayers. Because of its existing round-the-clock recreational activities, Riverfront Park is, in my mind, the best location. Though the planning of the current location was thorough, we have received complaints from a homeowner who was not present during the planning phase. The city is moving forward with plans to mitigate noise from the park through earthen berms and potentially a sound barrier fence as well.



Randall Garrison

(challenger)

I support the public use of public land. Our Riverfront Park, which includes the Dog Park, is a substantial asset for our community. Unfortunately, any large public park offering as many different uses as Riverfront will pose inconveniences with neighbors at one point or another. As individuals within this community, we should expect to use our personal property without being overly impacted by the activities of those around us, but we also have to learn to work with our system in determining land use, and become more invested in being part of those decisions before instead of after they are made.



Linda Norman (incumbent)

I do support having a dog park. There are citizens who do not have adequate yards for their dogs to run and exercise. In various meetings, the Council has discussed different locations, but none seem to work as well as the current location. Most of the responses I have heard are in favor of the Park. The Council and City staff are working very hard to make the park less noisy, and hopefully, this will satisfy all of our citizens.



Darold Smith (challenger)

It is pretty obvious that either the council or staff did not do due diligence when locating the park. Were any studies or question from the council concerning noise from the animals and people to households living as near as they are to the park? Upon being advised of the problem, either staff or council did not appear to be concerned. Instead of getting to it immediately, they left it to fester and become a public relations problem.



Karen Pfeifer (incumbent)

I do support a dog park at its current location. From what we heard and saw during this process, there was a need for one. The organizers held several fund raisers over several year. There were many articles in the newspapers and it was brought up a number of times during public council meetings. The majority of the comments were in favor of the dog park. I don't like the idea that even one person is being disturbed from the dog park and hope that we can abate the problem in the near future.

Taylor Waste
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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Article comment by: AzRockz .

I'm sorry, but this dog park is LITERALLY right next to a baseball park where 3 baseball games go on at once. This is RIGHT behind this woman's house who always complains. The other side of Riverfront Park (across the street) has the possibility of 4 baseball games going on at once, and used to do this. I don't know how the roster is this year, but you can bet the fields are being used. Plus the skateboard park, and the park it's self which fills every weekend with families. All this with all the kids, families, yelling and cheering, their DOGS barking, as they are allowed there also, cars coming/going etc. This is laughably MUCH more noisy than the dog park. But the few times a couple dogs gather and run around and play, THAT is when this person has a problem??? Whatever....

Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013
Article comment by: to clarify... .

Mr. Smith may not have been on the council that approved the dog park...but none the less he was there and the park did not seem to be a big deal then...

Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013
Article comment by: does mr. smith recall... .

that he was actually on the council already? if the dog park was such an issue why didn't he say so then?





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