BENTLEYVILLE — Residents could soon see new park regulations in the Community Park. During the Parks, Beautification and Utilities Committee meeting last week, the committee agreed to have a proposal ready for this month’s council meeting.
Councilwoman and Committee Chairwoman Kathleen Hale said during the June 3 meeting that the village does not currently have any formal regulations in place.
“Last meeting we took a look at the sample language that Chuck had sent for things that we could do if we wanted to have park regulations adopted formally,” Ms. Hale said on the proposed regulations Law Director Charles Nemer drafted based on Cleveland Metroparks regulations. “We have some (regulations) that are just sort of holdovers from when we got a grant to purchase the property, but those expired by [the grant’s] own terms so they’re not really in effect anymore.
“The question is do we want to go forward or not?” she asked considering that Councilman Alex Goetsch told the committee during last month’s meeting that he would oppose the legislation if the regulations had legal enforcement.
The community park is adjacent to the Metroparks.
Councilwoman Kathleen Esposito said she would at least like to have signage that says owners must have dogs on leashes and that they must clean up after their pets and that she is willing to push for the signage if Mr. Goetsch were to oppose it.
Ms. Hale said she originally introduced the proposal for regulations due to foraging in the park, but decided to choose her battles with the regulations. “That’s a losing proposition, I would say,” she said about Mr. Goetsch’s opposition and how Council President Ken Kvacek had agreed with him on the enforceable regulations. “I’m willing to fight for other things harder.”
Our consensus is there’s a place for park regulations. We will be very cautious about what we implement, not trying to do too much,” she said.
Ms. Hale added that she would settle for a regulation that says dogs need to be under control rather than on a leash to avoid the regulations being shot down. “If we’re going to do it, my impression from council is that we have to tailor it to where there are specific cases rather than just have an omnibus umbrella set of regulations,” Ms. Hale said. “Once we’ve done this, if we need something, it’d be easier to do the next time.”
Ms. Hale said she will have a proposal concerning posted signage for picking up dog waste and having control of one’s pets in the park for the council meeting Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. The next parks committee meeting will be July 10 at 10 a.m. at the Village Hall.