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Dog Lovers Might Like Hunterdon's Parks Plan

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Details released this week about the county’s $6.16 million capital plan include what could be good news for dog lovers.

Documents show a request for $50,000 to build a dog park at Hoffman Park in Union Township. Part of the plan includes hiring a consultant to create an overall plan for the park.

Hoffman Park is a 354-acre county park with access from Baptist Church and Mechlin Corner roads. County Administrator Kevin Davis said Friday that the proposal is under discussion “at the staff level” and hasn’t yet been considered by the Freeholders.

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The documents reveal another $30,000 is being sought to replace the fence at the county’s existing dog park. That is on Route 12 in Raritan Township, adjacent to the Headquarters Branch of the Hunterdon County Library. Davis said the fence isn’t part of this year’s capital plan, but would be paid from an older capital ordinance.

Also released this week was a $18,522 proposal submitted last year by Ben Shaffer Recreation, Inc. in Lake Hopatcong for a shelter for Hoffman Park and a $150,000 request to repair and maintain dams at Echo Hill Park in Clinton Township and Deer Path Park in Readington.

TAPinto first filed for the documents on June 21 under the state’s Open Public Records Act. As previously reported, county Records Custodian Alessandro Illiano wrote in an email that he couldn’t respond to the request promptly because of the size of the request and because the “records require extensive medium conversion.” He sought an extension of time to provide the records and on July 7 released four pages.

Illiano later released an additional two pages and said that some details were being withheld because “additional financial details not be provided in as much as bids, contracts could be impacted” but that other information was available from county administrator Davis.

In a letter to CJ Griffin, the attorney representing TAP in its pursuit of the records, county attorney Shana Taylor wrote this week that “there appears to be a misunderstanding” and that the additional documents Illiano mentioned don’t exist. In her response, she included the documents mentioned in this report.

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