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Proposal to allow dogs in Dubuque parks dies at council meeting


At their regular meeting Monday night, the majority of Dubuque City Council members voted against a proposed amendment to Dubuque's ordinance banning dogs in parks.

A 1969 Dubuque ordinance bans all dogs from most city parks -- making Dubuque the only major city in Iowa that does this.

The current ordinance allows dogs and cats on leashes on the Granger Creek Nature Trail and in John G. Bergfeld Recreation Area, Medical Associates Greenbelt Park and Miller Riverview Park.

The Park and Recreation Commission had crafted an amendment to the ordinance, which would allow dogs on leashes in certain parts of certain parks.

At the March 18 meeting, the city council asked the Park and Recreation Commission to more specifically define the amendment.

The commission met and clarified their proposed amendment, giving it a one-year trial period, expanding the number of city officials able to cite ordinance violators, further limiting proposed dog-friendly areas and keeping dogs 10 feet away from children's play areas in parks.

Despite these changes to the proposed amendment, five council members voted against it. Only council members Ric Jones and Karla Braig voted in favor of amending the ordinance to allow dogs.

Mayor Roy Buol and council members David Resnik, Lynn Sutton, Joyce Connors and Kevin Lynch voted no.

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