Dog park is a good deal, council agrees

By Cecilia Nasmith

Cobourg council agreed at this week's committee-of-the-whole meeting to renew the dog-park lease it hold with FV Pharma Inc.

Councillors received a report from manager of parks Jason Johns regarding the FV's offer to extend the lease agreement for the park at 777 Ontario St. for another five years on the same terms as the last week - $18,000 annually plus the non-refundable portion of the HST.

Director of Community Services Dean Hustwick described the work of the citizen group CADDOG (Cobourg And District Dog Owners Group) in administering the project.

“They look after things, and they do an excellent job of managing the facility and working with the individual users to make sure the rules are applied,” Hustwick said.

“They do come to us with specific requests for maintenance, fencing, things like that, and we work with them.”

Deputy Mayor Suzanne Seguin asked for reassurance that this amount is already in the budget – because she didn't recall it – and was told that it is.

Councillor Brian Darling admitted he was a little shocked – in a pleasant way.

“A renewal with no increase,” Darling said.

“I am quite happy to support this, seeing the owner is wiling to consider five years with no increase to the community.”