Going to the dogs

People are not picking up after their dogs on some Kimberley trails

Kimberley City Council urges residents to pick up after their dogs.

Kimberley City Council urges residents to pick up after their dogs.

Kimberley City Councillors discussed the trail acriss the creek from McKim School and what to do about a big dog problem. The problem is people not picking up after their dogs, leaving a mess on the trail.

The original suggestion was to put signage up on the trail reminding people to scoop the poop.

Coun. Bev Middlebrook mentioned that she sometimes wondered why the City can’t enforce its bylaws. “We seem to have the same problem over and over again,” she said.

“Animal Control is mostly about communication,” said Coun. Darryl Oakley. He added that signs would likely not be enough. “We need dog bags and garbage cans. That was done on the entrance to the Lois Creek trails and it really worked.”

“It’s my belief that signs are not effective on their own,” said City CAO Scott Sommerville. “We need to go the full mile.”

While Council discussed the fact that there was a risk of the garbage cans and bag dispensers being vandalized, all agreed something had to be done about the problem.

The issue was referred to staff to figure out the best location for garbage cans and bag dispensers on the trail.

Mayor Don McCormick said in regard to bylaw enforcement that it had been picking up lately, with seven tickets for unsightly premises issued.