TOWN OF OREGON PARK COMMITTEE
Monday, April 10, 2017 @ 6:45 pm
Present: Steve Root, Robert Johnson, Al Miller and Linda Jackson
Absent: Jeff Nelson
Also Present: Arlen Christensen, Town Board Supervisor
Caelan Switzky from WI K9 SOS Search and Rescue made a presentation for permission to use the town parks for off-leash dog training on search and rescue. WI K9 SOS is a non-profit, volunteer group to provide agencies with trained personal and dogs for live or cadaver searches. Most calls are for people that have walked away because of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, despondent or run-away. They were the primary team on a missing autistic 9-year old. The team goes anywhere in Wisconsin and some neighboring states. Currently there are 12 active members with a passion for search and rescue. Besides the dogs, the group provides field support with land navigation. Caelan explained the training methods used for searches. The team looks for new locations for training to challenge the dogs. The park would be used on either a Saturday or Sunday starting between 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. and lasting until 3:00 p.m. Other people in the park would not interfere with training. The team doesn’t use signage during training sessions because there could be unwanted attention on the dogs and training. They would use the park once to three times a month. There would only be two dogs out at one time during a training session. The team has insurance. There was concern for visitors at the park during a training session. The handlers and dogs are identified by wearing a coat or leash. There would be a total number of 5-12 people at each training session. Caelan will notify the town clerk prior to using the park for training. Bob moved to approve allowing WI K9 SOS Search and Rescue on a trial basis to use the Town Park or Bi-Centennial Park for off-leash dog training on search and rescue and Al seconded the motion. Motion carried. Steve will present to the town board for final approval and suggested contacting Friends of Anderson Park and other parks to avoid overuse at the town parks.
Steve will ask the town board for approval of $170.50 to replace the Eagle Scout sign in front of the town hall. Bob reported on the park signage supply.
The next park meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 8, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Steve asked Linda Jackson to be on the park committee and she accepted. They are working on creating a monarch butterfly habitat at the Town Park.
Al moved to adjourn and Bob seconded the motion. Motion carried.