Wright Township’s newly approved dog park, now still a concept, is hoped to be a reality sooner than later.
At its June 12 Board of Supervisors meeting, officials were told of the parks and recreation committee’s efforts to raise funds for the dog park, which will be built on the grounds of the municipal park, near the walking trail to the south of the municipal building.
Committee members are in the process of applying for a Pet Safe grant, which can award up to $25,000. The project, initially to cost $20,000, will be paid for completely by donations and fundraisers. That cost will include fencing and the creation of two areas, one for smaller dogs and one for larger breeds, as well as signs, dog waste pick-up stations, drainage, and an access bridge.
Over 100 letters were sent to Wright Township residents, asking for donations for the dog park, and that same letter was printed in The Eagle, reported Supervisor Colleen Macko. The letter specifies that those who make a tax-deductible contribution of $100 or more will have their names engraved on signs placed near the entrance of the dog park.
The idea of starting a Go Fund Me account online for dog park donations was discussed and put on hold, she continued, as there are fees associated with creating that type of account.
On May 20, a pet parade was held by the Mountaintop Kiwanis Club, with members of the parks and recreation committee providing information there to pet owners about their journey in creating the dog park.
In other business, the board hired staff members for its summer park program, which will begin on June 19 at the municipal park. Jessica Prebola will be park director, earning $10 an hour. Four park aides were also hired, two of them will earn $7.65 an hour and two will make $7.47 an hour.
The board adjusted the salary of Helen Yvonne Smith, who successfully completed her six-month probationary period as assistant secretary. She will now make $12 an hour. Supervisors also approved its July 3 fireworks contract for this year. Zy Pyrotechnics will once again provide the service and be paid $6,500.
The Wright Township Police answered 338 calls in May, including four thefts and four counts of harassment; three counts of fraud; two calls for child abuse, trespassing, and narcotics use; as well as one count of the following: assault, motor-vehicle theft, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, and making threats.
Supervisor Jerome Uram also reported that police issued 48 traffic citations, one non-traffic citation, and 19 warnings. Two driving-under-the-influence arrests were made. Police handled nine motor-vehicle accidents, assisted other agencies 21 times, and were assisted by other agencies on 25 incidents.
In May, the fire police handled 24 calls, including 14 accidents, four fires, four false alarms, and two EMS assists, stated Uram. Wright’s fire police assisted Rice Township nine times, Fairview three times, and Dorrance once. The department also received assistance from Fairview Township four times.
The township’s zoning officer will slightly change his Tuesday and Thursday office hours. He will now be working from 5 to 8 p. m. on those days, announced Supervisor Donald Zampetti.
Finally, the board heard from resident Pamela Butala, who had questions about tree debris. When cut or broken tree limbs have fallen on her property, she said, she placed them back onto her neighbor’s property. While she had an agreement to do so with previous owners, others told her that putting debris on another property is illegal.
Butala asked the board for guidance, noting, “There’s trouble starting between neighbors over this and I’m getting caught in the middle.” Chairman Louis Welebob Jr. suggested a consultation with the township zoning officer for clarity on the issue.