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Dog park project is moving forward after vote

By Geoff Ritter
updated: 1/18/2019 2:20 PM

A planned dog park at Carbondale's Parrish Park took a major step forward this week with the Carbondale Park District's official acceptance of a dog park as a recognized district program.

At Monday's meeting of the park district board of commissioners, park district leaders unanimously approved the measure, which would allow the not-for-profit organization Friends of Carbondale Dog Parks to build and run the park, but the park district to own and insure it.

No timeline has been finalized for the project's further development.

"I think we're almost to the point where we're ready to move forward," said Carl Flowers, president of the board.

Also at the meeting, commissioners held a public hearing for and ultimately passed an FY19 budget that includes about $3.57 million in revenues and $3.56 million in expenditures. No one spoke during the public hearing on the matter.

Other pieces of routine business listed on the meeting agenda were skipped due to low turnout among board members. Both Rick Erickson and Kathy Hollister were absent, leaving only Flowers, Zenetta Coleman and Harvey Welch to conduct business. Flowers also acknowledged that Welch was ill, and Welch was verbally prompted several times when it came time for him to cast his votes.