Dog park idea again broached by park board

EAST LIVERPOOL — The Thompson Park board is still considering incorporating a dog park into the facility.

Member Samantha Kinemond reported at a recent park board meeting she has someone interested in helping raise funds for the dog park, and park volunteer Lenna Lockhart told the board about a dog park located at Wingfoot Lake State Park in Portage County, Ohio.

According to Lockhart, that park has separate sections for dogs over and under 30 pounds and pet owners are required to police their own dogs, with no issues rising to date. Bags are provided for waste, and the park does not check whether or not dogs are up to date on vaccinations, according to Lockhart, who also outlined some of the special fencing and gates used at the park to keep dogs contained.

Kinemond also told the board the Lions Club is interested in helping with a park project and asked Superintendent Shawn Rybaczenko if he can come up with any ideas for a project.

In other matters, board member Mark Hissom reported he can provide treated pine picnic tables for the park for $68 each.

The board voted to charge $125 for installation of park benches provided by individuals in memory of loved ones. The cost of the benches will be the responsibility of the individuals.

Speed bumps have been purchased by Rybaczenko for the park, but he said he will wait until April to install them since gates will be closed soon for the season. He reminded the board a warning sign must be posted five feet before the speed bumps.

Rybaczenko will be measuring the road to pavilion No. 2 for a possible paving project in the future and also obtaining price quotes for a new truck. He reported the outhouse at Pavilion No. 1 will be pumped out and torn down now that the Oktoberfest is over.

Also in regard to Pavilion No. 1, Rybaczenko said an insurance claim was filed in 2015 for damage caused to the electrical box due to roof damage, saying the electric will be repaired with the insurance funds.

The board’s next meeting is 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at City Hall.