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April 9, 2014

Opposition voiced over proposed dog park

BLUEFIELD — A large crowd voiced opposition at the Bluefield Board of Directors meeting Tuesday to a proposed dog park at the old Fairview School location.

Parks and Recreation Director Dwight Godwin gave a presentation to the crowd about the dog park and provided information on how the city would go about building the park and the rules and regulations that would have to be followed by residents using the park.

Will Gordon, a concerned citizen, said, “I think the idea needs to be studied and developed. I don’t object to the idea, just the location.”

Other residents said they were OK with the concept, but opposed to the location.

“No dog park should be adjacent to a residential neighborhood,” South Bluefield Neighborhood Association President Blaine Braithwaite said.

“There needs to be some questions answered by an insurance company about the liability in case a dog or child gets attacked,” Braithwaite said.

Resident Kelly Hale said she was so mad she could kill somebody.

“I will stand in front of any bulldozer that tries to come into that park and put in a dog park. That park is barely an acre. I cannot even imagine a dog park going in that location,” Hale said.

In other news, students from Bluefield High School participated in a student government day, where approximately 44 students shadowed different city official jobs and also were part of a mock city board meeting.

Bluefield Police Chief and interim city manager Dennis Dillow said that the city has had a lot of calls about the pothole problem around the city.

“Right now we are putting cold patches on holes until we can get the asphalt when the weather gets a little warmer,” Dillow said.

April is also animal abuse awareness month, if anyone knows of any animal abuse please contact the Bluefield Police Department, Dillow said.

Mayor Tom Cole also wants to remind everyone to take advantage of participating in the Clean Sweep project, which begins April 21 and also a town hall type meeting on April 29 at Parks and Recreation Department.

The Clean Sweep schedule is as follows:

Zone 1: Northside and section of the west end of Chestnut Street to Carolina Ave., west along Bluefield Ave. to the Virginia line. May 12 through May 16.

Zone 2: Along Princeton Ave. and eastside of Bland Street to northside of Cumberland Road, east to along Grassy Branch Road. April 21 through April 25.

Zone 3: South side of Cumberland Road along U.S. Route 460 and East Cumberland Heights. April 28 through May 2.

Zone 4: South mercer area, downtown area, west side of Bland Street to West Cumberland Road, Washington Street Exit to U.S. Route 460 and west to Virginia line. May 5 through May 9.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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