After reading the June 18, 2013, article in The McPherson Sentinel about the proposed dog park, we feel compelled to write this letter and make the following points:
- Before any city/taxpayer funding is used for the purpose of establishing or operating the dog park, we formally request that this measure be brought before the citizens for a vote.
- We were under the impression that no taxpayer funding would be used to operate or establish the city dog park. If that had been made clear to us, we would have written this letter much sooner.
- We object to the city donating property for a dog park.
- We feel the Dog Park Association should post a bond to assure it will keep the park clean and maintained. If this is not done, we fear that maintenance could fall to the city as is the case with the now defunct cemetery.
- Does a facility like the dog park carry the burden of insurance? If it does, the Dog Park Association should provide such insurance.
- Not everyone in McPherson has a dog as Traci Parrish implied when she said that every young couple’s first child is a dog. If excess money is in the city’s budget, we would prefer to see it spent on real children as is the case with the library and the public pool. This is money well spent to encourage young couples to stay in McPherson.
— Richard and Janet Dove, McPherson