Mad River Path director Autumn Foushee asked for the town of Warren’s support in funding dog waste stations at trailhead locations in town; MRPA requested $460 from the town and continues to seek support from local business and private landowners, Foushee said.
The goal, according to Foushee, is to install dog waste stations at every trailhead along the Mad River Path. Waste stations “have seen a lot of use,” she said. “The Riverside Park one has filled to the brim several times since we’ve put it in.”
Another benefit, Foushee said, is that MRPA is responsible for maintenance of the dog waste stations. Since it is the middle of the fiscal year, Foushee said, “Any request would be delayed of course; I’m just giving the information and let you decide if you want to participate.”
Select board chair Andy Cunningham said the waste stations could be funded with next year’s budget. Select board member Bob Ackland said the waste stations are “well-designed, attractive looking, and I think we should get more out there. I’m all for us supporting it.”
Select board member Matt Groom commended the work of the MRPA on completing the Clay Brook bridge project.
Foushee told town officials at the August 9 select board meeting that the MRPA is still interested in establishing an off-leash dog area.
The field behind the Brooks Field was discussed as a potential location and is supported by the Warren Recreation Committee, according to Foushee. Warren Town Administrator Cindi Hartshorn-Jones said that the town has received a request for another softball field on the parcel.
Select board chair Andy Cunningham said there was “already an issue with dogs at Brooks Field and we need to consider that. The softball field is probably going to take a bit of capital and it’s going to take a while.”
Foushee said that the MRPA is “looking for advice from the select board in terms of process.” Cunningham said that the recreation department needs to be included.