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Search still on for Canton dog park site

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CANTON — Supporters of a dog park in the village will have to keep searching for a spot for their canines to romp.

Village Trustee Daniel J. McDonnell said using the Canton Island Park along the Grasse River — also known as Willow Island — does not fit well with the community’s written Waterfront Revitalization Plan.

Even though the dog park would take only about half an acre, members of the revitalization group are worried the waterfront on the island no longer would be used for picnics and other recreation.

“There’s concern it would turn strictly into a dog park,” Mr. McDonnell said. “They felt it didn’t jibe with the plan as written now.”

The plan specifies that development along the Grasse River be for water-dependent uses.

Mr. McDonnell said a private landowner from the north end of the village has proposed offering a spot for the dog park that may work.

“We are very excited,” he said. “I think a dog park will eventually happen, but the search is ongoing at this point.”

The village board rejected a spot that was considered at Priest Field after several neighbors objected because children play there.

In other action, the board appointed Lori A. McDougal permanent village police chief, deciding she had successfully passed her probationary status.

The board also appointed Deputy Village Clerk Nicole Parrish to her position on a permanent basis.

Village trustees decided to arrange a sit-down meeting with officials from CSX Rail to discuss their concerns about the train speed increasing from 30 mph to 40 mph through the village.

The speed increase took effect in January.

The company has not responded to a letter the board sent regarding its safety concerns.

During public comment, Richard W. Grover, Railroad Avenue, said the higher speed is a safety hazard for residents and pedestrians.

“There is a lot of bulk material and hazardous material coming through Canton,” he said. “The faster the train goes through, the more opportunity for something to go wrong.”

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