Rapid response

July 1, 2010

By Contributor

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At its June 15 meeting, the City Council voted to have the Parks Commission explore options for allowing dogs off leashes in city parks. This could involve creating a fenced dog park or designating times of day when dogs are allowed off their leashes in parks. If you were on the Parks Commission, what would you suggest the city do to give dogs an opportunity to get off their leashes?

I think that the dog park is a great idea. I don’t like the idea of having it at only certain times of the day, though. It should be open at all hours for off-leash dogs if we’re going to do it at all.

— Steve Hegenderfer, Newcastle

Several years ago, a resident had their dog off the leash at Lake Boren Park. The dog ran up and bit my then-6-year-old daughter on the face. In all fairness, that could happen whether they are on or off a leash, but animals can be very unpredictable, even to their owners. For me, it would come down to whether the rules are “fenced in” well enough!

— Kandy Schendel, Newcastle

I’d like to see a designated off-leash fenced area similar to the one at Robinswood Park. I’m not a fan of an off-leash open area, because I can’t be sure all dog owners are responsible ones.

— Trina Sooy, Newcastle

If the City Council wants to create a fenced dog park, they need to accommodate small and large dogs separately. I would not be able to bring my two small dogs (10 pounds and 20 pounds) to an off-leash park simultaneously used by large dogs. My dogs enjoy socializing with other dogs close to their size. At Sand Point Park in Seattle, they have created an area just for small dogs.

— Michelle Epping, Newcastle

The city has signed a contract with the recruiting firm Prothman and Associates to find its next city manager. What kind of background should the next city manager have?

The city manager should have at least the same qualifications that the interim City Manager Rob Wyman has. Why search any further? Wyman knows how the city operates and is doing a fine job. A new city manager would require a minimum of three months to understand operations.

— Shel Neufeld, Newcastle

I would be more leery of someone who has been job-hopping quite a bit than someone who might have less experience, but has been more stable. An intelligent, dedicated, conscientious person who can work well with others can usually find out what he/she needs to. Keeping up on what other cities are doing could be really valuable. I think we (not the recruiting firm) should diligently check references, and call those who have worked with the applicant to find out personality traits.

— Peggy Price, Newcastle

Experience, integrity, open-minded and proven track record of maintaining fiscal responsibility.

— Trina Sooy, Newcastle

The Washington chapter of the America Public Works Association recognized phases two and three of the Coal Creek Parkway project as the state’s project of the year for projects that cost between $25 million and $75 million. What do you think of the project winning this award?

Really? There are awards for these types of things?

— Trina Sooy, Newcastle

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One Response to “Rapid response”

  1. Lisa on July 1st, 2010 7:05 pm

    I have gone to the park with my dog all year long. The majority of the 365 days a year, there are not very many people if any at the park, Maybe on the weekend if its is nice weather there is a crowd of people, which is about 10 times a year.
    I can not believe someone could be fined if there dog is off the leash when there is hardly anyone or no one else at the park.
    There should be a designated area for off leash dogs, no fence (I think they are unattractive and would take away the beauty of the park) There are other cities that have done it this way.

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