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MILLERSBURG -- Dr. Andy Hart and his wife, Kathy, made a brief presentation to council on Jan. 9, thanking everyone for acting so quickly to get the Pampered Paws Dog Park up and running in the village.
"In less than six months, the pampered Paws Dog Park has become a reality," Hart said. "It has become a wonderful off-leash facility for dog owners and those visiting the area.
"We believe this park is going to be a really valuable asset to our community for many years to come," he continued. "Despite the cold, frigid temperatures, there have been a few hearty dog owners since it opened in early December. Because of the cold weather, we are delaying the formal dedication until spring when it's a little bit warmer."
Hart acknowledged the efforts of many, including Mayor Jeff Huebner.
"He gave us a lot of encouragement and helped us to get the ball rolling, and to bring this idea of the dog park to council in the first place," Hart said. "We'd also like to offer our sincere thanks to the village of Millersburg for donating this wonderful, convenient, accessible location, and for installing the necessary receptacles, providing the signage, and we're also very grateful to village council for allocating the recycling rebate to be used for dog park funds."
He thanked the village for planting several trees in and around the area that will provide valuable shade in the future and make the space more enjoyable.
"We'd like to offer a special thanks to Nate Troyer for helping to coordinate the efforts, and Karen Shaffer for handling the logistics of the funding for us," Hart added. "We also want to offer a big thank you to the many individuals and businesses who stepped forward and donated to make this whole project possible. It has truly been a blessing, and we've been amazed at the response."
The Harts had a plaque prepared for Dr. Eric and Cheryl Shaver, but they were unable to attend the meeting because of a scheduling conflict.
"Their generous donation enabled us to to move forward with this project in a timely manner and also covered the entire cost of the fencing," Hart said.
Huebner praised the efforts of the Harts, especially Kathy, for spearheading the fundraising campaign.
"We all know how the speed of government works," Huebner said. "In this case, it was very quick, and a lot of that goes to you and your efforts."
In other business, Ruby Baird was elected council president.
Brent Hoffstetter, who served as president last year, said it is a one-year term, not a lifetime and he was grateful for the opportunity to serve.
Council approved continuing its current schedule of meeting on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.