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Part of Sibley Lake Park to become dog park

The north portion of Sibley Lake Park in Pequot Lakes will become a dog park, the city council decided Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The city’s Park Commission made that recommendation after considering other locations as well, including behind the water plant, under the new water tower or at Mayo Lake Park or North Trailside Park.

The Park Commission unanimously agreed Sibley Lake Park would be the best location because it would increase usage of this park, which is a commission goal.

A wooden piece of playground equipment would be moved to Gildner Park at Pillsbury and Oak streets, and the swings and new playground equipment would be put at the south end of the park.

Council member Scott Pederson said he disagreed with locating a dog park at Sibley Lake Park, but he relied on the Park Board’s work so agreed to the recommendation.

In other business Dec. 3, the council:

• Heard a presentation about Community Action of Pequot Lakes.

• Approved an ordinance amendment regarding penalties for violation of the land use ordinance.

• Approved a police contract with Jenkins Township for $27,024 in 2014, the same as in 2013.

• Approved a service contract with Heartland Animal Rescue team (HART) for 2014. The contract charges $16 per day for each animal impounded and a $25 administrative fee assessed to each animal impounded, among other items.

• Accepted a proposal from Widseth Smith Nolting engineering firm for mapping of Sibley Lake Park for $1,900. The base map would be used for future planning and development of additional park amenities.

• Heard about plans to improve North Washington Street and an update on road turnback when Highway 371 expands to four lanes.

• Agreed to hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 to talk about the council’s goals for 2014 and the city’s Capital Improvement Plan.

Council member Tyler Gardner was absent from the Dec. 3 meeting.