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Supervisors discuss dog park policies

Derry Township board talks about certain rules being broken at Kish Park

LEWISTOWN- During the Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday evening, Deb Pallo, from the Kishacoquillas (Kish) Dog Park Committee, expressed concerns issues about policies being broken at the dog park. These broken policies include: unvaccinated dogs, including puppies, coming to the park, which is not allowed, children playing in the dog park, eating in the dog park as well as alcoholic drinking and smoking occurring. Pallo had previously purchased signs to stop smoking at the park which were taken down.

The dog park committee is looking into enforcing a membership, a low cost one, with a card system that allows members to get into a newly implemented gate. The update to the park is an estimated $800 to $1,000.

Chairman Ronald E. Napikoski Jr., stated that the intent of the park was to make it available to everybody.

“It is a privilege to use that park… and privilege can be taken away.” Napikoski says.

The board has had proposals in the past about the dog park, and wishes to go a different way about it, but is open to discussion.

In other news about the park, the Board of Supervisors is looking to develop a master plan for Kish Park and plans to speak to Parks and Rec to figure out a plan for the park.

The board also approved Napikoski’s proclamation of EMS Week for the week of April 16 to April 22, 2021 with the theme “This is EMS, caring for our community.”

Other topics discussed during the meeting include:

¯Mini golf applicants were approved.

¯The use of Community Development Block Grant Funds for Septic System Rehabs in Jack’s Creek.

¯Approval to support PA Department of Labor and Industry’s request for Keystone Community Re-Designation.

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