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Malta dog park proposed

— New pass collars would be issued for each registered dog annually. The collars would need to be worn when in the Happy Tails Dog Park and are color coded for identification by enforcement officials.

Someone caught in the park with a dog not wearing the required collar would be issued a warning on first violation, followed by a $100 fine per dog for subsequent violations.

According to Sausville, the construction of the park will be completed in three phases, with each phase to cost around $30,000, for a total of $104,000. The money for construction would come from the Happy Tails Dog Park Committee, and no burden would be placed upon the taxpayers for park development and regular dog park related maintenance and upkeep, he said. Funding would originate from membership fees, donations, communal fundraisers, commercial and corporate sponsorships and grants and awards.

The first phase of construction is targeted for the early summer, assuming the plans are met with town approval. That phase would include parking, entrance driveway improvements, signage, large dog area fencing and two waste stations. Subsequent phases would expand the play area and include the addition of water stations for dogs.

Sausville did not anticipate any opposition to the proposed park.

“This is an idea whose time has come,” he said.

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