Following a Poynette Parks Commission recommendation, the Village Board voted in support of allowing dogs in Jamieson Park during its Monday meeting.
According to Village Administrator Martin Shanks, the board voted unanimously for a roughly 1-acre space for owners to take their pets. Local Boy Scout, Grant Mueller, has been working with the village since last year to “fundraise, mobilize and volunteer his time” and equip the park with necessary additions for his Eagle Scout Project.
Shanks said the park is anticipated to be ready to go within a few months.
“I don’t think they have a specific completion date, but (the park) should be completed sometime this summer,” Shanks wrote in an email.
Poynette’s 2018-2022 Parks and Open Space Plan highlighted Jamieson Park on Highway CS for major improvements. Several improvements were listed under consideration, including the dog park concept, a disk golf course, new trails, an improved shelter with restrooms and a ropes course.
A village memo states the Parks Commission continues to work with Village Planner Mark Roffers to establish a redevelopment blueprint. That will serve as a guideline for future improvements, according to the memo.
Shanks said the Parks Commission continues to work on finalizing details of the park and will address the topic again during its August meeting. Issues such as leash policies will likely be discussed then.
The Parks Commission made its initial recommendation to approve the dog park resolution during its June 5 meeting.
In other business, the Village Board unanimously approved a special permit for the 2019 Street Dance, an event co-sponsored by Harmony Bar and Frontier Bar. The party is scheduled July 27 in the 100 block of North Main Street from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Under the permit, alcohol consumption will be permitted within barricaded areas of Main Street until midnight. Insurance requirements were waived by the board.
Five-hundred people are expected to attend the event, according to the special event permit.
It is only the second time Poynette’s new special event permit has been utilized, according to the village.
The approved permit stipulates that there will be no parking where the party is set to take place along the 100 block of Main Street. Barricades will be set up by police on each end of the block.
The permit also approves a band to play, and several officers will be present during the celebration.