ARMONK, N.Y. – Following last week’s heated North Castle Town Board work session dog park discussion , a “North Castle Dog Park Update” is on the agenda for Wednesday night’s Town Board public meeting. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in North Castle Town Hall.
North Castle residents and town board members are split over the topic of turning a section of Wampus Brook Park into a dog park .
The property, which sits at the corner of Maple Avenue and Bedford Road, has been updated with a more detailed and revised sketch, which will be explained at the meeting.
However, since the Department of Transportation owns a piece of the property, no further steps can be taken before they approve using the land as a dog park. Once that happens, next steps for the project will be determined.
“The big thing is the DOT has to sign off on the property,” said North Castle Town Supervisor Howard Arden in last week’s discussion.
North Castle Town Councilman John Cronin elaborated, saying, “I guess it’s my view is that putting together the cost is a relatively quick exercise. Once we have the go-ahead from the DOT, we’ll do it,” he said. “There’s no point of going through the exercise of getting a proposal together until whether we know we can do it or not.”
While Arden, Cronin and Councilwoman Diane DiDonato-Roth are in favor of the dog park, board members Michael Schiliro and Stephen D’Angelo are wary of the process that decided Wampus Brook Park would definitely be the location for the park, and thus, are not completely sold on the idea at the moment.
In response to Schiliro claiming the majority of the dog park process has been conducted behind closed doors, Councilwoman Diane DiDonato-Roth pointed out that Wednesday’s meeting was anything but.
“Just so you understand, we actually scheduled this work session to update you on where we are with the meetings we’ve had. People that have been included in the dog park discussion is our town planner, our town engineer, our insurance agent, our town lawyer, Howard Arden was there—I was there—we had some residents from North Castle, a dog trainer,” she said in last week’s discussion.
D’Angelo took offense to this, asking DiDonato-Roth, “So you’re just saying we’re having this work session so Mike and I can know what you three have done over the last four months?”
Arden said that was not the case.
“That obviously is not true because we’ve discussed it publicly how many times?” he asked. “At some point we would have to vote on this and at that time the public would have ample time to discuss it.”
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