Under plan, cyclists and dogs to share park
To keep the peace between cyclists and dog owners in a Mankato city park, the City Council on Monday night split it in half: bikes on one side, dogs on the other.
The two sides had been meeting since mountain bike trails were set to be added to the Kiwanis Recreation Area along Hwy. 169.
The council tabled action on the bike course in November until “a plan was put in place that would address potential conflicts between dog owners and bicyclists,” the council agenda said.
The new plan splits the park into a green zone for biking — no dogs allowed — and a red zone along a wood-chip trail for off-leash dogs, where bicyclists cannot roam.
Both groups are allowed in the parking lots, the agenda notes, where dogs must be leashed.
“The key to this is going to be building the buffer zone,” said resident Brian Guess, according to a recording of the meeting. “Dog owners are no different than bike riders. You got some that are courteous, some that aren’t.”
Many apply for empty seat on council
Eleven people have applied for the Brainerd City Council spot left vacant when council President Bonnie Cumberland, 67, died at home last month.
A real estate broker, restaurant owner and barista are among the applicants.
They will give short speeches at a special meeting March 10. The council will then pick the new member by majority vote, according to a memo from the city.
The seat is up for election this year. So to continue past December, the council member will have to nab votes from residents come November.
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