Tuesday, January 5, 2016

WDT: Council's First Meeting and Yes, SG Was There.

    New Council, old issue.  In it's first meeting , City Council heard from SG Gates about his desire for a dog park in Thompson Park. As it was with the old Council, a majority opposed the location.
     The whole matter had been permanently tabled after a lack of public support and the contention over the matter. Such parks are routine and benign in most communities but not here.
No Park for Mia
     Mr. Gates had hoped the election would change his prospects but in the end Councilman Mark Walczyk wisely sided with the Mayor and Ms. Macaluso against any such project in Thompson Park.
      A site on Factory Street will remain a park or may be sold to a local developer. Either way,  quashing the issue early was the right thing to do.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Its puzzling that SG didnt make a run for a council seat. Why not make change from within? If a resident has a desire to involved why not take for a seat with a vote?

Anonymous said...

As a supporter of the Mayor Who's There, the one and only thing I hoped would come of the looming change in leadership, was a more practical enforcement of Roberts Rules of Order. One that did not allow for the same person to speak at the beginning of each and every meeting for as long as he wished, about the same settled issue. It should be an easy fix and I don't care about Star Trek and the Prime Directive, or whatever excuse is given for allowing one dolt to continue wasting the time of so many people. No other public meeting allows such nonsense. Well...maybe Cape, but none besides Cape.

Anonymous said...


New Mayor and City Council has not " Gone to the Dogs " in 2016.
Now is the time to SURCHARGE all dogs in the city. LICENSE + $50.00 SURCHARGE for new Dog Park. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

maybe gates should propose to put a dog park in the Cape

Anonymous said...

I just wonder when Scott is going to be told to stop being a pain at the city meetings. He can't keep running on and on about his dog being sick. Who he hates on the council and everybody else in town that he wants to use to get his story in there.

Anonymous said...

12:54, if they want to build it in the Cape, all they really have to do is contact the Rochester voters and sell the idea. I'm sure all those BMW and Volvo drivers would love to have the locals take care of their mutts. But with wind being outlawed, they would have to find a way to address the odor issue.

Anonymous said...

When someone can't understand the word no, How do you tell them. Scott needs to be told those words like a three year old.NO DOG PARK FOR YOU. OR WRITE IT DOWN FOR HIM. Put it on the news, paper ,radio those are the spots of interest for Scott .

Ray said...

To be fair and done with it all, once and for all. Is there not a area up in the old back part of the zoo where they could let him fence it and use it? He raises the money for the fence, or gets it handed to him. He sets up a fund to keep it clean and safe. He has to set up the insurance and all of it. But before he comes back to one meeting he needs to have all of that in place. That should be the ruling. He needs to do the work first and than move on it. Yes we all have to admit that one year he did get pushed out of the chambers and he did have a plan in hand. He did have promised fence, et. He just needs to talk to the zoo, get the fence plan back, and fund raise. Legit this time. Have proof of money in hand. Fence. Plans, real drawn up plans. The city had all of that, he killed it. The ball is in his court now. I think he means well. But he needs to do the work to prove it. Just showing up at a meeting, talking about what could be, and smiling isn't going to do it. Yes....No? Am I wrong?

Anonymous said...

Ray Your as dumb as SG. THE ZOO DOESN'T WANT THE DOG PARK UP THERE.

Geeze Louise

So tired of the Dog Park

Anonymous said...

Ray, you are definitely wrong. Thompkins Park belongs to the citizens of Watertown, not Scott Gates. There is no public (therefore no political)support for building a dog park there. doesn't matter how much gumption Gates has for it , and it is irrelevant if he is willing to do the ground work or financing. There simply is no way the people of watertown are going to give up their treasured park for one man's(and his dog"s) personal crusade. The city council should have put it to a vote and settled it for good. NOOO!

Ray said...

Look I did not say I WANTED A DOG PARK THERE! But if he had to do it, I put it out to how it should happen. In other words till he has any plan of his own, don't bother us. But take a look out in the scrub part of the Zoo. There is land on the back that no one will ever use. Flat, level, and it's setting there un-used. He wants the same areas like the monument is going up in. I get that one. But understand I had time invested into the idea of putting it on Factory Street. Went to meetings. Put some cash in the jar. Thought (heck) it was perfect for people who live there, and others who would find it easy to get to. The Park is way to far for most people to walk to. He never can grasp that it is very much a bad location for most. But if he wanted it still, my point is he has to work for it. So that being the case, you have no worries.

Anonymous said...

Ray, glad you cleared that up. the only point that Gates mentions that has some value is the goofy notion of putting a monument to fort drum in the park. Bad idea!! What's wrong with leaving the Park as it was??

Ray said...

I agree. Leave the park alone. Next they will want to use the open under the hill area for something. To bad the Vortex never works when you want it to. The Vortex would be a good place for the dogs, if it opened up once in awhile.