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Albion officials not happy with dog poop in the park

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 March 2020 at 9:58 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: The village-owned strip of land along the Erie Canal, between the lift bridges on Main Street and Ingersoll Street, has many dog droppings. Nearby Waterman Park also is a popular spot for people to bring their dogs, and then not clean up after them.

ALBION – The Village Board is looking to make its local dog ordinance tougher for people who don’t pick up after their dogs on public land.

Village officials are irked that Waterman Park on Main Street and village-owned land by the Erie Canal, between Main and Ingersoll streets, have become littered with dog poop.

Jay Pahura, the DPW superintendent, said there are several garbage receptacles at the two sites, but people aren’t picking up after their dogs.

He counted more than 40 piles of dog poop at the two spots.

Right now the village code faults the property owner if dog poop isn’t picked up. Village officials want to rewrite the law establishing a system for lodging a complaint and putting the burden on the dog owner. They would like to make the law applicable to village parks and public land.

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