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Controversial Dog Park Bid Vote Monday

The City Council will decide Monday whether to entertain construction bids for a new city dog park that has stirred debate on both sides.

Will the city turn six acres off Felipe Road into a new dog park?

A location just south of Gilleran Park was approved in January 2011 for a large dog area, a small dog area, a single dog area, a gravel parking lot for 42 vehicles, fencing and turf.

Now the City Council must approve a contract bidding process Monday if it plans to move the project forward.

If the bidding is approved, here's a timeline for the future dog park:

  • Dec. 3: Permission to go to bid
  • Dec. 14: Advertise for bids
  • Jan. 10, 10 a.m.: Mandatory pre-bid walkthrough at the site for potential builders
  • Jan. 22: Bids due
  • Feb. 18: Contract awarded
  • March 4: Construction begins (120 working days)

The contract will cost an estimated $860,000 for grading, some fencing, the gravel lot, electrical, irrigation and turf.

Peter Schelden December 03, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Here are some comments left by readers on Facebook: Benny McGregor: LOL 1 million dollar dog park ...that is crazy!!!!!! The City already spent 230 K in study and design fees... plus the estimated 860 K that is more than 1 million...... Saturday at 9:11pm Eddy Rush: that is really stupid to spend over 1 million on such projects Wow and then the operation costs ...all on the taxpayers money... stunningly stupid Yesterday at 9:26am Angie Purple: yeah, it is insane 230K for the study and engineering, wow tax payers got screwed, and now 860 for the construction. No way Jose!
Dan Avery December 03, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Well, once again, no taxpayer money will be spent on the park. Developers have given the city funds for parks and recreation and the dog park will account for a miserly 9% of those funds. To hear Cathy Schlicht in her own words on the dog park please go to http://protectmissionviejo.com In fact, you can always hear Schlicht there. And whatever venom she spouts tonight will appear on that site in a few days.
Victoria Avery December 03, 2012 at 10:51 PM
People need to be educated on this. The money is not being spent from reserves or taxes. The dog park will use approx 9% of the developer money that MUST BE SPENT ON PARKS AND REC. The location is over 1000 feet from the closest neighborhood. There is NO reason that a council member would deny residents a much needed and anticipated dog park. All objections have been overcome. So why are Shlict and Reardon still against it?
Dan Avery December 03, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Because they are mean, dear.
Susan Sellers December 04, 2012 at 01:01 AM
TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT!!!! Dog park will be on the agenda at around 6:30 p.m. Please show your support with your attendance - thank you!! Susan www.mvdogpark.com

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