CHATHAM, NJ - Council members Bob Weber and Vicki Fife made a presentation that proposed putting up a 400-foot-long fence that would create an area where dogs could roam "unleashed" at Sheppard Kollock Park on Monday night at the regular meeting of the Borough of Chatham Council.

The presentation titled "Shepard Kollock Park - A People and Pet Friendly Place" proposed a two-step plan. 1-Build the 400-foot fence to separate the dog area from the ball fields. 2-Amend the ordinance to allow "unleashed" dogs in the designated area at Shepard Kollock Park.

Weber estimated the cost of the fence at $8,500 and offered two options on funding it. 

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Weber explained (see video below) that the area in question is already being used by residents as an informal "dog park" and this will make it a legal practice while putting stricter conditions on the rest of the park when it comes to unleashed dogs.

Fife called the area the "Back 40" and noted that it has not been used for anything other than dogs.

Weber contends an amended ordinance will help residents and the Chatham police.

Chatham resident Rozella Clyde spoke during the public portion of the meeting and urged the council to consider making the area a full-fledged dog park (see video below).

In other business, the council voted 5-0 to adopt amendments to its ordinance governing "peddlers" in Chatham Borough. The most significant change allows licensed "peddlers" to canvass from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The old ordinance had limited peddling to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A pest control company complained that the ordinance was unconstitutional and Chatham Borough decided to amend the ordinance to address those concerns.

The Borough Council has canceled its scheduled meeting of July 23, and will next meet on Aug. 13.