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CANTON - Canines in Canton will finally have their own place to romp and socialize with other dogs.

The village board Monday evening unanimously approved creating a fenced-in dog park off Sullivan Drive beyond the Partridge Run Golf Course,

During a public hearing held to review three sites, several people spoke in support of the Sullivan Drive location, saying it made sense to have a dog park near the Remington Recreational Trail, a paved 5-kilometer path where many people walk their dogs as well as run, bikeride and rollerblade.

Judith L. DeGraaff, a village resident who proposed the dog park idea nearly three years ago, said she likes the large amount of space offered at the Sullivan Drive space. Parking is also available there.

“It would give us room to expand if we ever wanted to,” she said.

Nellie Bright, 15 Fisher St., said, “I’ve looked at the Sullivan Drive site. It needs a little work, but it would be nice out there.”

Trustee Brooke E. Rouse said she likes the idea of having a multi-use area that offers golf, a walking trail and a dog park.

“We’ve been trying to increase the use of the golf course,” Mrs. Rouse said. “This could become a multi-purpose outdoor space.”

However, Paul J. Shrems, a West Street village resident, said he favored the site next to the Buck Street playground because it’s more accessible for village residents to walk to.

“I’m for a central location,” he said.

Michael K. Morgan, chairman of the Town Planning Board and a member of the Canton Volunteer Fire Department, submitted a letter saying he opposed the Riverside Drive site next to the fire station because of the sirens from rescue vehicles and fire trucks.

Mayor Mary Ann Ashley said she felt a dog park was a valuable community development project for both the town and the village and she’s glad it’s finally moving forward.

The next step is for Ms. DeGraaff and the dog park committee to submit a site plan to the village planning board which will review the plan for things such as lighting, parking and shrubbery.

The planning board will hold a public hearing to give people another chance to offer input.

Ms. DeGraaff said the dog committee will raise its own funds to pay for fencing and other expenses.

“People are not going to be paying this through their taxes,” she said.

In other news, the village board agreed to move forward with plans to advertise for its own economic development director and set an application deadline of Aug. 15.

The board also presented T-shirts and certificates to the four runners from the Canton Central girls track team for winning the National New Balance Championship in the 3,200-meter relay.

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