Village board of trustees members want to put some teeth in Dolgeville’s pooper-scooper law.
During the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday evening, Department of Public Works Superintendent John Houle said residents are ignoring the existing pooper-scooper law that requires dog owners to pickup after their pets on all village property, public and private, and forbids dog owners from leaving behind pet feces in village parks.
“The amount of dog waste in the parks is out of control. It’s ridiculous,” he said.
“It’s a disaster,” added Trustee Larry Brandow. “There are piles and piles of dog waste everywhere. It’s getting out of hand and it’s time the village does something about it.”
The trustees discussed strengthening the village’s pooper-scooper law by requiring dog owners to carry a bag, shovel or scoop when they take their pet off their property.
Also, any waste left by the animal would have to be collected immediately.
Dog owners not in possession of a bag when they take their pet off their property would be subject to a fine, said Mayor Bruce Lyon.
“I would suggest a $25 fine for a first offense, a $50 fine for a second offense and a $100 fine for any offenses after that,” he said. “What we decide to do has to have some teeth to it, otherwise people would ignore it like they are ignoring the law now.”
The board also discussed installing pet waste stations with waste receptacles and a supply of waste collection bags, scoops and shovels in the village’s parks.
Posting additional signs throughout the village and in the parks to designate areas where dog walking is prohibited and where waste must be recovered was another suggestion.
“The parks are full of land mines,” said Houle. “It’s going to be difficult to get in there and mow the lawn, weed-wack or do any maintenance with all the feces laying around.”
“Hopefully, the police officers will be able to get out on the street on foot and start to enforce the law we currently have on the books,” said Brandow. “It’s not just the parks that’s the problem. The sidewalks are also covered with dog waste. It’s a real mess.”
In other business Monday evening, Bart Murnion, of Stoney Creek Community Center, informed the board the center would lease the Ward Memorial Library effective April 1.
Murnion said the center’s board of directors is in the process of reviewing bids from security companies for the installation of a card swipe entry system at the building.
The board voted to put its $2 million inflow and infiltration project out to bid.
Donna DeLucco and Billie Jo Davis were appointed to the village planning board.
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