No county action taken on Smithville dog park

During the Monday, May 6 Clay County County Commission meeting, commissioners said although the process has been slow and taken longer than some may have liked, the Smithville area dog park project will come to fruition and has the support of all three commissioners.

CLAY COUNTY — Although commissioners discussed the proposal for a dog park located near Smithville Lake, no action was taken on the item as it was listed under discussion items and not action items on the Clay County Commission's Monday, May 6 agenda.

During the meeting, commissioners said although the process has been slow and taken longer than some may have liked, the project will come to fruition and has the support of all three commissioners.

According to a draft cooperative agreement dated April 16 between the county and Smithville, which included input from both the commission, county administrative staff and Smithville leaders, Smithville may agree to provide a waterline next to a bathroom site; trenching, boring and other construction needed to provide the waterline and up to 10,000 gallons of water per month at no charge to the county. The county will potentially provide other infrastructure, security and ongoing dog park maintenance on land it leases from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in unincorporated Clay County near Smithville and Smithville Lake.

If the draft agreement cannot be agreed upon by the city and county, both entities have said they will plan a park elsewhere, making sure the amenity becomes available for area residents.

During discussion of the park Monday, Smithville resident Danielle Wilson, an early backer of the effort to create a dog park in or near Smithville, said she was happy to see the plan develop from idea to reality and that there are a group of individual and businesses in Smithville willing to contribute financially to the effort if needed.

Action on the park plan is expected at a future county commission meeting.

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