On March 18 the City Council agreed to accept Belleville Fence's bid of $29,700 for the installation of the dog park fence. Funding for this project will be a $25,000 parks grant and $12,000 in private donations.
There is also talk about asking for $15,000 of TIF 3 money to make this an "upscale" dog park. The parks grant and donations more than cover the cost of creating this park; there is no reason to also take the additional taxpayers' TIF money for a dog park. City officials should prioritize the spending. Would you rather have an upscale dog park or a nice dog park along with getting the streets and sidewalks repaired?
Another issue is that after building the park with a taxpaye- funded grant on public land and possibly taking TIF money, the park department wants to install a locked security gate and charge residents $25 per dog per year to access the park. We shouldn't allow the city to nickle and dime the citizens for access to a public park.
Candidate for alderman Ward 5