A decision on a proposed dog park in La Porte City will be revisited during the next meeting of the City Council on February 27. The City’s Parks and Recreation Commission recommended the project, estimated to cost $15,500, be funded from park improvement reserves. At last week’s meeting, the Council reviewed the cost estimates associated with two separate fenced areas that would be located east of the ball diamonds on 8th Street; a 12,000 square foot area for large dogs and a 6,500 square foot space for smaller dogs.
The preliminary discussion revealed differing opinions on the merits of a dog park in La Porte City. Mayor Neil stated that he did not think there was a need for a dog park. Council member Sadler stated that amenities such as a dog park are what makes communities attractive to families. Council member Harrill questioned the workload associated with maintaining the park, expressing concerns about the Public Works Department’s existing workload.
In other action, the Council reviewed three bids based on current usage for the City’s residential and commercial garbage and recycling. The Council will award the bid at their Febraury 27 meeting.