Candidate Endorsement

Dear FIDOS Friends –

There are many things to consider as you decide which candidate to vote for.  We have been asked about where the candidates stand on the “off leash” issue and have sent a questionnaire to each of them to gain an understanding of their feelings.  We have copied below the responses that we have received.  Some responded directly to our questions and those are shown in bold print.  Several simply sent a statement that you will see here and we have not received responses from others.  As additional responses are received, we will be sure to post them for you.  We hope these responses will be of interest to you and may help with your voting decisions.

 

FIDOS has decided to endorse Arlyn Bradshaw for County Council District 1, which includes Salt Lake City.  Mr. Bradshaw has supported the idea of “off leash” space and has taken steps to persuade Salt Lake County for the first time to include “off leash” space in their parks planning.  We would encourage members residing in County Council District 1 to vote for Arlyn Bradshaw. 

 

Your Friends at Millcreek FIDOS.

www.MillcreekFIDOS.org

COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT “AT LARGE” – CANDIDATES MICAH BRUNER & JENNY WILSON

 

RESPONSE FROM CANDIDATE MICAH BRUNER -

1 – Do you consider residents who prefer to hike or spend time outdoors with their dogs off leash a valid recreational user group?

2 – What benefits do you think off leash open space provides to residents?

I believe our easy access to nature is one of the biggest assets we enjoy in Salt Lake County. I believe in allowing all to enjoy parks and our beautiful natural surroundings.

Where, as here, we have competing interests, or interests that are arguably at odds with one another, it becomes important to ensure that the rights of both groups are preserved. If we provide space that is designated as “off leash open space”, then we provide those with a specific set of interests the ability to enjoy the outdoors under their circumstances. Similar to a publicly owned golf course, a publicly owned off leash park allows those wishing to engage in a particular activity the space in which to pursue that activity.

3 – Do you understand the difference between and need for the two types of dog parks, small fenced in neighborhood parks and large unfenced open space/trails? Do you feel that residents who exercise with their dogs off leash deserve space that is pleasant, close to home and offers amenities such as shady areas?

I won’t pretend to understand all aspects of this issue as I have not explored it in depth. However, I can appreciate how a dog owner would benefit from both a fenced in area at a local park and a large spacious area where that dog owner can exercise and allow a dog to explore in different ways.

I can also appreciate the desire for those with dogs to want to enjoy pleasant, shady areas while exercising their dogs.

4 – According to The Trust for Public Lands, dog parks across the country were developed at a rate of 34% as opposed to all other parks which stood at 3% over the last five years. In Salt Lake County over that same period of time, off leash space has been substantially decreased. Salt Lake County operates only one off leash area, Millcreek Canyon, which admittedly is a great resource but is only available to off leash half of the time and a trip to use the resource is generally difficult for residents during the workweek. If you become a Salt Lake County elected official, what would you do to provide additional appropriate open spaces of both types? And how soon would you take these steps?

As I mentioned, this issue is relatively new to me. As with all issues, I am not the type to jump in without getting input from all interested parties before formulating a plan to meet the needs of groups of residents. Based on the study you have cited, it appears Salt Lake County is behind on developing off leash areas for dogs. There may be a number of reasons for that, and I would want to better understand why we are not providing the space for off leash dogs at the same rate as other areas of the country before establishing a goal for adding a certain amount of off leash space in the county. Obviously there is an issue that needs to be addressed, I just want to understand it.

 

CANDIDATE JENNY WILSON HAS NOT YET RESPONDED TO THE FIDOS REQUEST

 

COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 – CANDIDATES ARLYN BRADSHAW & RICHARD BARNES

RESPONSE FROM CANDIDATE ARLYN BRADSHAW –

1 – Do you consider residents who prefer to hike or spend time outdoors with their dogs off leash a valid recreational user group?  Of course I do! In fact, I consider myself part of this group.

2 – What benefits do you think off leash open space provides to residents? Off leash open space provides areas where dogs can recreate with their people. Both get necessary exercise, and important socialization. Having areas where residents can legally spend time with their dogs off leash, I believe, is an important component to a vibrant community that supports all of residents.

3 – Do you understand the difference between and need for the two types of dog parks, small fenced in neighborhood parks and large unfenced open space/trails?  Do you feel that residents who exercise with their dogs off leash deserve space that is pleasant, close to home and offers amenities such as shady areas?Yes to all.

 4 – According to The Trust for Public Lands, dog parks across the country were developed at a rate of 34% as opposed to all other parks which stood at 3% over the last five years.  In Salt Lake County over that same period of time, off leash space has been substantially decreased.  Salt Lake County operates only one off leash area, Millcreek Canyon, which admittedly is a great resource but is only available to off leash half of the time and a trip to use the resource is generally difficult for residents during the workweek.  If you become a Salt Lake County elected official, what would you do to provide additional appropriate open spaces of both types?  And how soon would you take these steps?As an elected official, I have continually pushed our Parks & Recreation Department to include off leash areas as parks are developed—to some resistance. The department tells me that in their usage surveys, off leash dog areas have come in fairly low on the needs scale. I find that hard to believe, and some Council allies and I are presently preparing a directive to Parks & Rec that in each county regional park, there be an off leash area. Additionally, I am researching the possibility of allowing unfenced off leash use in various parks through the implementation of posted hours.

5 - There is a small but very vocal contingent of well-connected people who oppose use of open space for off leash recreation.  There is a much larger passive group who are forced to quietly break the law due to the lack of well distributed and pleasant legal space.  Dog walkers are an easy target for criticism.  Are you willing to go up against a vocal minority to enhance the lives of such a large group of constituents and would you be willing to include FIDOS and off leash users in discussions?Definitely. I look forward to this continued dialogue.

 

RESPONSE FROM CANDIDATE RICHARD BARNES -

Thank you for your inquiry.  Although I am not a dog owner, and my wife of 16 years (Brenda) and myself are sadly allergic to dogs, I recognize that many of our citizens enjoy owning dogs, cats, and other pets for companionship, as service animals, for security, and many other duties. The sheep dog trials at soldier hollow are always amazing to watch.
No forms of animal cruelty should be tolerated, as criminals who have abused humans have generally started on animal victims as well.
My father’s family generally had a cat for many years, and we have always been very saddened at their passing. I truly appreciate the efforts of “no kill” animal shelters, and admire those who take in abandoned animals and care for them.
As a geologist, conservationist, and amateur astronomer, I appreciate dark skies and open space wherever possible. Off-leash do parks are okay with me so long as all feces and urine are removed by the users at their own expense. Bags and disposal cans should be provided in any such areas established or maintained by SL County. Private parks should also be encouraged and maintained at the users expense. Gated communities, and home-owners that attempt to exclude hikers from the established trails of larger recreational hiking areas I have a problem with.  I also supports other types of parks, arts organizations and individual artists, zoos, and golf courses (although I am usually out working if the weather is good enough to support my wife and myself and sadly have had little time to enjoy  many of these activities in recent years).
If elected, I will work hard in your behalf, and hope that I can still earn your support .

 

COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 3 – CANDIDATES DAN SNARR & AIMEE WINDER NEWTON -

RESPONSE FROM CANDIDATE AIMEE WINDER NEWTON -

1 – Do you consider residents who prefer to hike or spend time outdoors with their dogs off leash a valid recreational user group? A: Absolutely!

2 – What benefits do you think off leash open space provides to residents? A: Off leash open space allows residents and their dogs a place to play and roam. It’s good for mental and physical health of both residents and animals.

3 – Do you understand the difference between and need for the two types of dog parks, small fenced in neighborhood parks and large unfenced open space/trails?  Do you feel that residents who exercise with their dogs off leash deserve space that is pleasant, close to home and offers amenities such as shady areas? A: I understand the differences between the two types of parks and why both are needed. I do think residents should be able to find off leash areas that are close to home and have shade.

4 – According to The Trust for Public Lands, dog parks across the country were developed at a rate of 34% as opposed to all other parks which stood at 3% over the last five years.  In Salt Lake County over that same period of time, off leash space has been substantially decreased.  Salt Lake County operates only one off leash area, Millcreek Canyon, which admittedly is a great resource but is only available to off leash half of the time and a trip to use the resource is generally difficult for residents during the workweek.  If you become a Salt Lake County elected official, what would you do to provide additional appropriate open spaces of both types?  And how soon would you take these steps? A: As a current council member I have already had discussions with my colleagues about pushing for more dog parks. We’ve even thought about asking for current county parks to provide an off-leash area that could be fenced.

5 - There is a small but very vocal contingent of well-connected people who oppose use of open space for off leash recreation.  There is a much larger passive group who are forced to quietly break the law due to the lack of well distributed and pleasant legal space.  Dog walkers are an easy target for criticism.  Are you willing to go up against a vocal minority to enhance the lives of such a large group of constituents and would you be willing to include FIDOS and off leash users in discussions? A: I think it is always best when those involved have a seat at the table and can help come up with solutions. I absolutely support including everyone in these discussions.

Aimee Winder Newton

(801) 808-5103

awnewton.com

 

CANDIDATE DANIEL SNARR HAS NOT YET RESPONDED TO THE FIDOS REQUEST

 

 

 

 

COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5 – CANDIDATES STEVE DEBRY & KIT ERIKSEN
RESPONSE FROM CANDIDATE STEVE DEBRY -
Rather than respond specifically to each question, I thought I could summarize my thoughts pretty concisely for you and the members of FIDOS.As a dog owner, I empathize with the challenges faced by those who want space to recreate with their dogs in an off-leash setting. As a Councilman, I will be a friend to proposals to expand those opportunities in a fiscally responsible manner.
Best Regards,
Steve DeBry

County Council
District 5

 

CANDIDATE KIT ERIKSEN HAS NOT YET RESPONDED TO THE FIDOS REQUEST

 

SALT LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF – CANDIDATES JAKE PETERSEN & JIM WINDER

 

RESPONSE FROM JIM WINDER –

 

Dear FIDOS,

Thank you very much for the opportunity to respond to your questions and concerns. I have very much appreciated the support of your organization in the past and look forward to a continued positive and constructive relationship moving forward.

1 – Do you consider residents who prefer to hike or spend time outdoors with their dogs off leash a valid recreational user group?

I am one of these individuals. I spend a great deal of time with my dog in Salt Lake County, much of that time is spent off lead in areas that are appropriate for this use. Clearly this is a valid and necessary part of the recreation profile in any major urban area, and one that must be maintained.

2 – What benefits do you think off leash open space provides to residents?

It provides significant social opportunities for the residents, but more importantly provides a significant physical and mental release for the animals. This opportunity to “appropriately exercise” results in calmer, healthier and better behaved animals once they return to their homes. A happy dog in a home and yard makes for happy neighbors.

3 – Do you understand the difference between and need for the two types of dog parks, small fenced in neighborhood parks and large unfenced open space/trails?  Do you feel that residents who exercise with their dogs off leash deserve space that is pleasant, close to home and offers amenities such as shady areas?

There is a critical need to provide both enclosed and off lead environments. Both offer completely different experiences and benefits to humans and dogs alike. The interaction and social needs of humans and dogs vary greatly based on personalities, physical and social attributes and certain teams will thrive in one environment over the other. Additionally due to the ever increasing urban sprawl it is simply impossible to allow unlimited off lead opportunities in some locations and as such the enclosed parks offer a legitimate compromise of competing needs.

4 – According to The Trust for Public Lands, dog parks across the country were developed at a rate of 34% as opposed to all other parks which stood at 3% over the last five years.  In Salt Lake County over that same period of time, off leash space has been substantially decreased.  Salt Lake County operates only one off leash area, Millcreek Canyon, which admittedly is a great resource but is only available to off leash half of the time and a trip to use the resource is generally difficult for residents during the workweek.  If you become a Salt Lake County elected official, what would you do to provide additional appropriate open spaces of both types?  And how soon would you take these steps?

I have for some time been a strong proponent of exploring additional open space for this type of use on Salt Lake Counties West side. While the locations may not be viewed by some as aesthetically pleasing the opportunity for an off lead experience is of critical importance to the long term wellness of many breeds. As land acquisition opportunities open up, I am convinced that property will be set aside for this purpose. With respect to timing, unfortunately the growth patterns and pressures are largely driven by property owners and developers, as such some of these plans may not materialize for some time. As an elected official, specifically one that deals routinely with the conflicts inherent in the on/off lead animal discussions. I will continue to advocate for mixed use and appropriate enforcement to ensure both sides are treated fairly and equitably as our community continues to grow.

5 – There is a small but very vocal contingent of well-connected people who oppose use of open space for off leash recreation.  There is a much larger passive group who are forced to quietly break the law due to the lack of well distributed and pleasant legal space.  Dog walkers are an easy target for criticism.  Are you willing to go up against a vocal minority to enhance the lives of such a large group of constituents and would you be willing to include FIDOS and off leash users in discussions?

Yes there is an inherent conflict that has and will continue to be present between these two groups. In my capacity as Sheriff I have actively engaged in, and more importantly, taken steps to ensure these two groups communicate and engage in positive dialogue. I and our agency have worked diligently to bridge the gaps between cabin owners, urban residents, federal land use agencies, City and County Governments, developers, bicyclist, hunters, and skiers to ensure that on and off lead dog owners are both heard and accommodated. Moving forward I and our agency will continue to be an active and neutral supporter of mixed use throughout all of Salt Lake County.

I have and will continue to be a supporter of FIDOS and other resident groups who are simply trying to find very difficult balance within the context of an increasingly dense urban environment.

 

CANDIDATE JAKE PETERSEN HAS NOT YET RESPONDED TO THE FIDOS REQUEST

FIDOS Meeting

Dear FIDOS -
It’s been pretty quiet in the doggie world but there are lots of things in the works – good and bad – that we need to get working on.  We have some great opportunities coming up and some really, really bad things that could happen if we don’t gear back up.
Mayor Becker is not content with the extreme restrictions that are already in place in Parleys (Tanner) and is working on more fences, fees, etc. that will affect everyone who likes to use the area. He has also proposed some pretty extreme policy recommendations that would impact everything “dog” in Salt Lake City.  The City Council has taken note and included FIDOS in working on a counter proposal that we are hopeful will address the actual concern, which we all know is a lack of adequate, comfortable space for our user group, both those who love neighborhood spaces where they can get their dogs some exercise while they spend time with friends and those who like to get exercise along with their dogs and prefer a shady trail.
There are things happening in the County as well.  For the first time ever, the parks department has mentioned in their plans that they will consider off leash space other than Millcreek Canyon.
On top of that, there are events to be planned and education/clean up efforts that need to take place.
We haven’t had a meeting for way too long.  Please join other dog-lovers next Monday, August 4th, at 7:00 PM at the Millcreek Community Center (2266 Evergreen Avenue) in the library meeting room at the west end of the building.
We need to get re-invigorated!!  If you care about access to open space to use with your dogs off-leash join us and lend a hand.  We need your help!!!
“Bark Now or Forever Hold Your Leash!!”
Your Friends at Millcreek FIDOS

 

Important Notice if you Walk in Parleys/Tanner

Attention all FIDOS,
I hope you have seen the notices posted in Parleys (aka Tanner or simply the “Gully”) announcing an open house to be held:
Thursday,
April 24th,
from 6 – 8 PM
at the Sugarhouse Park Garden Center (1602 E 2100 S). 
 
The notice asks for public input concerning:
Future development elements planned for the gully
It mentions the Parleys Management Plan and the Implementation Plan.
FIDOS Concerns:
Fencing that is planned for this summer all the way to the east end, closing off many more acres (and shady trails) from our use.  Dogs and their owners we will be pushed almost halfway up the big field
Dogs and their owners will lose what is referred to in the Management Plan as the “Creek Trail”.
Resulting in allowing us what amounts to only the use of one fenced trail that we can use to walk up and down.
There will be no loop trails, no open areas as promised in the Management Plan.
None of the implementation steps outlined in the Management Plan have been followed, the city has simply moved to the most punitive and expensive extreme.
They would like to know what we think about some other planned “elements”, please try to attend the meeting and let them know.

Cost to Dog Owners:
The Mayor’s office also is promoting a new off leash plan that would place additional restrictions on our user group along with fees to use the ever smaller spaces we have left to us without adding anything new.  The proposed fee for using off leash areas (including Parleys/Tanner) would be $5 for residents and $25 for non-residents.  There is no real explanation about how the money raised would be used but it would get us no more than we now have.

We need a Dog and Dog Owner Friendly person at the City to be our Liaison as a valid speaking organization for the City & County Dog Owners and their Dogs
This Administration continues to do everything in its power (and it has a lot of power) to diminish our user group and to take away space and add restrictions - attend the meeting and tell them that we do not want or need more “amenities”, we simply need open space that we can use to recreate with our furry friends.  We simply want to be treated in the same manner as other valid user groups.

There has not been any inclusion or outreach to FIDOS or other specific dog owner groups in the City or County.
Please share this message with everyone.
Your Friends at Millcreek FIDOS
“Bark Now or Forever Hold Your Leash!”

FIDOS Holiday Party

Dear FIDOS  -
Our annual party is coming up on Saturday, December 14th, at 7:00 PM at Holladay United Church of Christ (2631 East Murray-Holladay Rd).  Join us for the fun -
Enjoy a performance by the fabulous Mary Tebbs -  http://www.reverbnation.com/marytebbs - and lots of food, drink and fun!
Tickets are just $10 with a bottle of wine or munchie to share or $15 without.
There will be a silent auction to help raise funds for the cause.  Everything raised will be used to promote responsible dog ownership and to work towards creating and keeping “off leash” open space.  We donate funds to candidates who are favorable to us and for lobbying efforts.
If you have anything you would like to donate to the silent auction or if you know of someone who might be willing to, please contact Rita at 801-550-5474 or ritalund@msn.com.  All donors will be highlighted at the event and on FIDOS promotional materials.
Thanks so much!!!
Your Friends at FIDOS
“Bark Now or Forever Hold Your Leash!!”

 

Candidate Q&A Forum

District #1 - KEVIN PARKE

District #1 - JAMES ROGERS (no response)

District #3 - STAN PENFOLD

District #3 - SHERM CLOW

District #5 - ERIN MENDENHALL

District #5 - BILL DAVIS

District #7 - LISA RAMSEY ADAMS

District #7 - KEVIN PAULSON

QUESTTIONS

  1. Do you have a dog?
  2. Do you exercise with your dog off-leash?
  3. Do you consider us a viable user group that deserves open space to recreate with our animals off-leash?
  4. There are two types of dog parks- large open spaces where people can exercise with their dogs (Parley’s, Memory Grove), and small neighborhood fences areas where people tend to stand around while their dogs play with other dogs (Pioneer Park, Herm Franks). Do you understand the need for both types and when each is appropriate?
  5. According to the Trust for Public Lands (source: USA Today, http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-12-07/dog-parks/51715340/1), nationally during the last five years dog parks were developed at a rate of 34% as opposed to all other parks which stood at 3%. Salt Lake County government has added no off-leash space in that same period of time. Salt Lake County operates only one off-leash area, Millcreek Canyon, which admittedly is a great resource. However, in light of the fast growing needs of this user group, what do you promise to do to develop more space for off-leash use of both kinds (particularly large, recreational open space) that are well distributed throughout the county?
  6. There is a small but very vocal contingent of well connected people who oppose the use of open space for off-leash recreation. There is a much larger passive group who are forced to quietly break the law due to the lack of well distributed legal off-leash space (Even you might be part of this group!). Dog walkers are an easy target for criticism. Are you willing to stand up against a vocal minority to enhance the lives of such a large group of constituents?

 

 

KEVIN PARKE

  1. I had several dogs growing up, a St. Bernard named Oreo, a Daschund named Bullet and a Black Lab/Doberman mix named Tasha but we do not currently have a dog. My children, especially my daughters, have asked for a dog and done some dog sitting for a neighbor. We don’t feel that we are in a situation to take proper care of a dog at this time. We do not have a fenced yard and we are not home enough to give a dog the attention that they deserve. We also want to be sure that our children are old enough to take proper care of a dog.
  2. Although I do not currently have a dog, I do understand the importance of off-leash exercise.
  3. Yes, I do. The ability of concerned citizens that share a common interest to petition their government is at the very core of our system of government. I believe that you do deserve areas of open space to recreate with dogs off their leashes.
  4. Yes, there are areas, like Memory Grove, where there is ample room for dogs to run, play catch, even jump in the water for a swim. These areas are great for off leash areas because dogs can run and play and still leave adequate room for those hiking without an animal. The other important consideration is that areas have little or no automobile traffic so the risk of the dog being hit by a car or having another type of accident is minimized. The smaller fenced areas, like Pioneer Park, that are much more crowded and have a high volume of automobile traffic nearby still give dogs an opportunity to move freely (although in a much more limited space) and socialize and get exercise without the danger of running into traffic.
  5. I have family members and neighbors who receive a great deal of comfort and companionship from their dogs. Many of these people live in apartments and so they do not have large yards to allow their dogs to run. They need places to take their dogs so they can get exercise and have an opportunity to socialize. I do support both types of off leash dog parks. There are many groups and individuals all seeking different types of recreational facilities and activities. I promise to listen to F.I.D.O.S. and other interested groups to find solutions that are fair to all parties involved. There may be situation where compromise can be found as it was in Millcreek.As our population continues to grow and more people live in Condo’s and apartments there will be even more need for off leash areas within the city. I would be open to exploring certain off leash hours at existing parks (in the early morning for example) for off leash exercise.
  6. It is unfair that a few irresponsible dog owners (like the dog in my neighborhood that keep leaving surprises for me on my lawn) make the responsible dog owners a target for criticism. As I have said before as an elected official I will listen to all parties and give all parties equal consideration. Then try to find solutions that are equitable to all parties involved.

 

 

STAN PENFOLD

  1. I do- I have an 8 year old Border Collie mix rescue named Ollie.
  2. Yes.
  3. I do.
  4. I understand and appreciate the need for both types of parks
  5. I will work to maintain dog parks that we currently have and will also advocate for the development of more off-leash open spaces.
  6. Yes, I support open spaces for off-leash recreation and will support those who use them.

 

 

SHERM CLOW

  1. No, but I keep Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter dog biscuits for my neighborhood friends and visiting pals.
  2. N/A
  3. Yes
  4. Yes, I experience them both during the day.
  5. I’m interested in a discussion about allowing off leash hours early in the morning before the parks are filled with other users (particularly kid’s sports).
  6. There is a small but very vocal contingent of well connected people who oppose the use of open space for off-leash recreation. There is a much larger passive group who are forced to quietly break the law due to the lack of well distributed legal off-leash space (Even you might be part of this group!). Dog walkers are an easy target for criticism. Are you willing to stand up against a vocal minority to enhance the lives of such a large group of constituents?As a City Councilman, I need to look at both sides of the argument. Off leash areas are hugely controversial in the Avenues (as probably other districts). I’m certainly open to discussion and creative ideas that expand off leash opportunities.

 

 

ERIN MENDENHALL

  1. I have two dogs, Midge and Sophie, who are sister pugs. They will be 12-years old this November. We adopted them at one-year old as a ?mandatory pair?. They?re my girls in a house full of boys.
  2. My girls are getting a bit old, but I try to exercise with them off-leash when they’re up to it! When they were younger we enjoyed walking the loop at Liberty Park most evenings. Now, their favorite exercise is rolling over to get a belly scratch.
  3. Absolutely. Dog-owners make up a great part of our population and convenient access to open space is important for both dog and owner. F.I.D.O.S.? emphasis on responsible dog ownership is the kind of grassroots messaging that will be effective in gaining more access to off leash and open-space recreation as opportunities for collaboration with municipalities come up.
  4. Both types of parks are important; people and their pets need options when it comes to recreation. Dogs who have a chance to get off leash, run and exert energy, generally cause fewer problems and neighborhood complaints. Neighborhood parks can allow convenient access from home, foster community, and be a good alternative to a nightly walk around the block. Large, open space for off-leash recreation areas are also important and serve somewhat a different purpose as they allow people and dogs to ?get away? from the congestion typically found in smaller parks, run or walk trails, and enjoy nature more than in the neighborhood parks.
  5. As a resident of Salt Lake County and a dog owner, I can be a supportive voice in developing off-leash space in the county. However, that will ultimately be up to Salt Lake County to decide.
  6. Part of the quality of life we enjoy here in Salt Lake City is access to recreation and open space. I don?t support breaking the law, but I do understand that we have a need?currently unmet in many areas?in access for both dogs and their owners to off-leash, open space. As a Salt Lake City Council member, I will listen to all sides who approach the conversation with civility and work to find solutions that meet the greatest needs in our community.

 

 

BILL DAVIS

  1. Yes, we have a large German Shepard. Official name is Beauregard but unofficially he goes by Bozzy, Bozzal, Schuzyhound (this is some Austrian Dialect that my wife uses) among many others depending upon our moods. I don’t think he has an identity crisis at least not yet. He is almost 12 so I doubt he will develop one in this late stage of life and he is showing his age
  2. Yes.
  3. Yes and absolutely YES. Remember I have a 110 pound energetic German Shepard. On leash, I wouldn’t consider it taking him for a walk, more like Bozzy is dragging me along for the walk! It is not fun to have your arm pulled out of ones shoulder socket.
  4. Yes and speaking of Pioneer Park I worked to help successfully establish the dog park there when I was chair of the Downtown Community Council a few years back. Admittedly it isn’t much of a dog park but it is better than nothing!How could one not understand the difference – this isn’t an Einstein question!
  5. I think part of the issue is in fact that SLC has been developing dog parks while SL County has not, so non-residents of SLC come here to use our dog parks hence increasing user pressure on them with all of the attendant problems that causes. We can’t make SL County build more dog parks but as an elected official of SLC, I can publicly advocate for them and intend too. They need to pull their weight. In addition, I have been a strong advocate for the North Jordan River Parkway (~1900 No west of Redwood Road) for almost 30 years. My strong advocacy and interest in this area resulted in myself being invited to participate in the Jordan River Riparian Restoration Plan that was held a couple of years ago. This group was brought together as a result of the Soccer Complex development that required some environmental mitigation. It has been on hold as the result of litigation but should be resolved at some point. I believe that this area could be the next very large open area that would be very compatible as an off leash dog area due to it’s size. It would be a great resource for dog owners especially in the winter because it is a lower elevation so if remains free of snow more often. If elected, I intend on continuing to advocate for the appropriate development of this area including an off leash dog use.
  6. Yes I feel that one of the responsibilities of an elected official is to speak truth to power. Power in this case being well connected individuals. Another responsibility is to be an arbiter of these types of disputes and come up with fair solutions.With the possibility of becoming an elected official, I feel it is important to not admit to ever being a member of a passive group that is forced to quietly break the law!

 

 

LISA RAMSEY ADAMS

  1. Not since April of 2012. Jingle Adams RIP, October 20, 1998-April 2, 2012
  2. I exercise with my grand-dog.
  3. Yes, but I think a balance is really important, because not everyone is comfortable around off-leash pets.
  4. Yes, I do.
  5. I promise to work closely with Salt Lake County to establish off-leash areas throughout the County, particularly in the south and west ends of the valley. The lack of options has meant overuse in Millcreek and Parleys.
  6. I want to try to find middle ground that gives opportunities to dog owners and to those who want dog-free areas.

 

 

KEVIN PAULSON

  1. I don’t have a dog anymore, my dog Pepper was killed by a car years ago.
  2. If I did have a dog, I would want the freedom to go outside without always having a leash on my dog.
  3. Dog owners should certainly have a place to go where they don’t have to worry about being fined for having a well controlled pet off leash.
  4. I understand that free people have different ways of recreating, makes sense to me!
  5. I believe I can only operate within the proper function of government if elected, therefore, if public lands have rules which respect the rights of the people (which I believe includes allowance for pets provided that owners are respectful). The best way to ensure land is well cared for and that it’s use is under the control of it’s owners. No one cares for property better than the owners. Often, when only the government owns land, the rules of it’s use are not agreeable to all people involved. Therefore, I would like to see more land under private control. A privately controlled dog walk park would be a great thing to see. I believe the demand is certainly there, and would like to study why there are not more of these types of institutions available. This would avoid something called the tragedy of the commons, which is where everyone and no one owns a commodity. These things tend to not be well cared for.
  6. I believe correct principles should be followed regardless of the political consequences.

Attention Lindsey Gardens Users- Your input is needed this Wednesday!

What: Greater Avenues Community Council

When: Wednesday, October 2, 7:00pm
Where: Sweet Library, 9th Ave and F Street
 
If you live in the Avenues and/or use Lindsey Gardens, the battle against the fence continues.  City staff has not given up their fight to fence in the existing off-leash area at Lindsey Gardens.  Please attend the Greater Avenues Community Council this Wednesday, and let your voice be heard.  Last time this was on their agenda, the opposition came out in full force, and the off-leash users were largely absent.  Please attend, and bring your friends and children!  Staff will use any opportunity to argue that our voices shouldn’t count!!!  Below is the article from the October GACC Newsletter.  If you are unable to attend, please send an email to Tara at the City (her email is at the bottom of the article) and bcc pollyh@xmission.com.  
Thank you, Millcreek FIDOS
 
 
Lindsey Gardens Off-Leash Dog Park Update 
The January and February GACC meetings were focused on the issue of the off-leash dog park in Lindsey Gardens. Eight months later, Ann Ober, the Salt Lake City Public Services Administrative Services Director, will attend our October 2 meeting to bring us up-to-date regarding the proposal to fence the area. Because no firm decision or time frame has been reached, staff at Public Services is still taking public comments and suggestions.  
Contact Tara Hasenoehrl at (801) 535-7116 or tara.hasenoehrl@slcgov.com. 

 

FIDOS Needs You In September

Hello Millcreek FIDOS-
We have two important events coming up in September.  Please help us with one or both of the following:
1. STRUT YOUR MUTT  Millcreek FIDOS will need volunteers to man our booth at Strut your Mutt  on Saturday, September 21, 8:30am-1:00pm at Liberty Park.  We will need four people for each shift (8:00am-10:30am and 10:30am-1:00pm), two people at the booth and two people roaming the crowd passing out flyers.
2. 2013 CANDIDATE FORUM  Please attend our 2013 Salt Lake City Council Candidate Forum on Monday, September 23, 7:00pm, at Sprague Library in Sugarhouse.  It is important to let our current and future council members know about the importance of our issue.  The latest battle: When the Salt Lake City Council approved the management plan for Parleys (Tanner) Park, they called for a 50 feet fence along the creek. The Parks Department has increased that to 150 feet, THREE TIMES what the council approved and it will run the entire length of the stream.  This fence is scheduled for next summer and we need members of the Salt Lake City Council to understand the negative impact these fences will have, not only on the natural beauty of the park but on those of us who use the park, forcing us almost completely out of all of the shady trails and further reduces the amount of off leash space left to us.  Please come voice your opinion!  We are also looking for people to pass out reminder flyers prior to the event.
For Information or to volunteer, please email Polly Hart at pollyh@xmission.com or call her at 801-231-8118.

 

Primary Elections

Attention all FIDOS -
If you live in a city, please remember to head to the polls tomorrow.  In Salt Lake City, there will be a big change in membership on the City Council that could be very important for off leash issues, not only future developments at Parleys (Tanner) Park but with a proposal that is moving along in Mayor Becker’s office related to dog off leash policies that has some areas of concern to FIDOS.


FIDOS representatives have been contacted by and have met with some of the candidates for Salt Lake City Council.  We wanted you to be aware of the candidates who considered FIDOS an important group to talk with. 
DISTRICT 7:
FIDOS representatives have met with Deb Henry and Topher Horman.  Both have dogs, have used Parleys (Tanner) and seem to understand our issues and needs.
DISTRICT 5:
Erin Mendenhall has also contacted us but we have been unable to meet as yet due to summer schedules.
DISTRICT 3:
Stan Penfold has been a friend to FIDOS and our issues during his term in office.  He voted in favor of the failed proposal for Parleys that would have given us more space and involvement and FIDOS supported him in the last election cycle. 
DISTRICT 1
We have not been approached by any of the candidates in this district.

Also, please remember the FIDOS CANDIDATE FORUM that has been scheduled for Monday, September 23rd, at 7:00 PM at the Sprague Branch (Sugar House) Library.  This will be your opportunity to meet and talk with the candidates who make it through the primaries.  We will also be sending the candidate’s answers to a written questionnaire to you as we receive them.

Again, remember to exercise your right to choose the people who will be representing you in the future.  There are many things to consider as you make your choice, but we ask that you consider the needs of our canine friends while making your decision.  If you need more information about the primary election in your area, please visit the Salt Lake County Clerk’s website at  
http://clerk.slco.org/elections/candidateInfo/municipalcandidateinformation.html .

Your Friends at Millcreek FIDOS
“Bark Now or Forever Hold Your Leash”
www.MillcreekFIDOS.org / www.FIDOSFoundation.org 
  

Millcreek FIDOS Candidate Forum, Save the date!

Hello SLC 2013 Candidates!

Please save the evening of Monday, September 23rd for the Millcreek FIDOS Candidate Forum to be held at Sprague Library. Because of the large number of candidates this year, we have decided to wait until after the primary, so only those of you that survive will be asked to attend (of course, the rest of you are welcome to come sit in the audience). We will, however, send out a questionnaire in the next couple of weeks, and all of your answers will be posted on our website for our 2,000+ members to read before the primary. For those of you unfamiliar with our non-profit, Millcreek FIDOS was founded in 2001 when Millcreek Canyon was under threat of closure to all dogs. Our group was instrumental in negotiating the current odd/even rules with the Forest Service and Salt Lake County. Our mission statement is:

The MILLCREEK F.I.D.O.S. (Friends Interested in Dogs and Open Space) are a group of concerned individuals who have joined together to help secure off-leash areas for companion dogs and their owners in the Salt Lake County area. F.I.D.O.S. works with local governments and regulatory agencies to secure and maintain off-leash areas.

www.millcreekfidos.org

We also work to educate dog owners about the importance of responsible dog ownership, including having a well-socialized and well-behaved dog, keeping one’s dog under control, and the all-important cleaning up after one’s dog (because we don’t like stepping in poop either!). Please visit our website above for more information, and feel free to contact me with any questions.

Yours sincerely,

Polly Hart, Director