The Salem News
---- — To the editor:
I am a resident, taxpayer, homeowner and always, always a dog owner and a registered voter for 47 years plus.
I wish to speak up regarding the March 6 article, “Danvers dog park proponents chase town funding.” Danvers’ budget is tight? What happened to the funds that were reserved for the purpose of snowplowing, sanding and salting in the past two obviously snowless winters of 2011 and 2012? What possible “discretion” did Mr. Wayne Marquis in his judgment see fit to put this unused taxpayers’ money?
We are members of Leslie’s Retreat Dog Park in Salem. We pay a small yearly fee of $25 to obtain a “Pooch Pass” to enter the park with our animals and to help maintain this exceptional park. We frequently see a good number of Danvers residents with their pets at this park. Maybe if our town manager himself could take a ride there someday, he would definitely be impressed and would see what our beloved town is sorely missing out on. These volunteers have worked timelessly and tirelessly to raise money to finance the park. Mr. Marquis should use his ability to make a responsible decision to put the park on the warrant and dig deep for Danvers Dog Park NOW! The younger people of Danvers have their skateboard park, which is all very well and good, and a great addition to Plains Park. The recently added rail trail is one more plus for the town.
Please, Mr. Town Manager, try to dig a bit deeper to help us fund our own dog park.
Paula T. Faino