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Dogs get their day at the pool

Waynesboro Borough Council to allow dog swim

August 19, 2010|By DANA BROWN

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Waynesboro Borough Council has agreed to let the borough's municipal swimming pool go to the dogs.

For one day at least.

On Wednesday, the council voted in favor of opening Northside Pool for a dog swim to help raise awareness about a nearby dog park still in the planning stages and to raise funds for the effort.

The "Dog Day at the Pool" event will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Sept. 11. The entrance fee is $5.

Councilman Wayne Driscoll told the council "the recreation board is 100 percent behind it."

Council President Craig Newcomer said he wanted the public to clearly understand that the pool will close for the season after the dog swim.

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"Once the dogs are gone, the pool gets drained," Newcomer said.

Councilman Ronnie Martin recommended limiting the number of dogs each participant could bring to the event.

"I recommend we look at two dogs per person," Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

Driscoll, who is also spearheading development of the dog park, told the council that all rules and regulations would be clearly displayed on promotional materials and brochures.

He said he was also looking into developing a release and waiver for each owner to sign.

Life guards will be on duty for the safety of human swimmers, Driscoll said.

Mike Forney, recreation board president, previously told the council the recreation board was not concerned about maintenance issues due to the dogs swimming in the municipal pool, which is at the intersection of Brown and Garfield streets.

In other business, the council voted against allowing the Waynesboro Area Human Services Council to build a 3,600- to 4,000-square-foot building on Rotary Parking Lot.

In a letter read to the council, the Waynesboro Rotary indicated that the club was not in favor of allowing the building to be constructed on the parking lot. The land on which the lot stands had originally been gifted to the club, the letter said.

While the borough currently owns the lot, the Rotary said construction of the building would conflict with the original intent of the donation and encouraged the borough to not lease the land for construction of the new building.

Newcomer said he did not want to "compromise the intent."

Councilman C. Harold Mumma moved to ensure that no permanent structures of any kind would be allowed on the Rotary lot. The council approved the motion unanimously.

The proposed building would have eliminated approximately 14 parking spaces in the southeast corner of the lot.

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