COLUMBIA CITY â€” A new slate of officers was installed for the new year at Mondayâ€™s Columbia City Parks Board meeting. Officers include Mark Ellis, president; Terry Baker, vice-president; Mauri Bordner, secretary; and Dennis Warnick and Keith Nickolson (replacing Kelley Sheiss), members. Mark Green is the park director.
First order of business for the new year was discussion on a membership-based dog park in Patriotic Park as a committee was formed in November including Barbara Miller, Deb Lawrence, Mary Ann McClusky and Dr. Colleen Quinn, D.V.M. of the Columbia City Veterinary Hospital.
Currently, McClusky believes the majority of dog owners in the community take their pets to surrounding areas including North Webster, Syracuse and Mishawaka where open areas are available for their pets to run.
With approximately three-quarters of an acre, Patriotic Park has been discussed as an option for the dog park. The fenced-in dog park would allow dogs to be off their leashes as long as they were inside of the park.
The next meeting is at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27.