PLATTSBURGH — With the spring thaw fast approaching, City of Plattsburgh councilors want to remind residents that they must clean up after their pets.
“This is a quality-of-life issue,” Councilor Rachelle Armstrong (D-Ward 1) said at a recent work session. “I think we can all agree life would be better without dog poop.”
Armstrong said she has heard from constituents in the past who are concerned about owners who do not clean up after their dogs, as they are required to by city ordinance.
Armstrong said about 500 dogs are registered in the city and that most of the owners are responsible about cleaning up.
But she acknowledged there are probably hundreds more dogs that are not registered and some owners who are not diligent.
Resident June Foley, a self-described dog enthusiast not just an owner, suggested the city install cleanup stations at strategic locations around Plattsburgh to help with the problem.
She said stations with a drop box, plastic bags and reminder signs can be purchased for about $200 to $250 each.
With 17 parks in the city, the city could spread out purchases of the stations over three years to lessen the cost.
“Those of us who are conscientious about this get offended when we step in someone else’s mess,” Foley said.”We need to make it easier for people to do what is right.”
Councilor Becky Kasper (D-Ward 5) agreed.
“I’d rather we make things friendlier rather than punitive,” she said.
Public Works Superintendent Mike Brodi said seven dog-poop stations are already located in the city. Most are either downtown, in large parks or on the oval at the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base.
Police Chief Desmond Racicot recommended the city put notices in upcoming utility bills reminding people that they must clean up after their dogs.
Armstrong hopes the dog-owning public complies.
“We want to increase community pride and raise awareness,” she said.
“We are all in this together.”
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