Registration for the new swipe card system at Dog Park is set to begin in the Fall.
The new system, which was proposed by the Spencer's Run Committee and approved by the , was suggested as a means to "promote a Community of dog owners dedicated to the responsible use of the dog park," according to the committee.
Animal Control Officer Maryann Kleinschmitt, who fully supports the move to electronic access, stated that, in 2011, 82 written dog warnings were given, 34 of which were given in Spencer's Run to non-residents.
According to Kit Devereaux, due to the fact that the town cannot have an animal control officer dedicated solely to Spencer's Run, an electronic entrance would give the town some control over the admittance of unlicensed dogs, which may or may not have been vaccinated for rabies.
Only appropriately licensed dogs and identified owners would be eligible for a key card and any rule breaking would result in the card being revoked.
The suggested price for a key card is $25 for residents and $40 for non-residents with all raised money going toward upkeep and expenses of Spencer's Run. Membership fees will be phased in around June of 2013.
also supports the move to electronic entrance and stated that he, "felt that it would be a positive way to correct the various problems that have occurred and place the responsibility on the dog owners."
For more information, the Spencer's Run Committee can be reached by email.