Build Maintenance Funds Into Budgets

Good for Monroe County Dog Warden Rhonda Piatt, for her idea of enhancing a proposed new animal shelter by creating a walking trail nearby.

County commissioners already are on board with a plan to construct a new shelter at Woodsfield. Piatt wants to add a 1,408-foot walking trail around a pond near the site. She already has obtained a $10,000 grant for the project.

Piatt is correct that the trail would be an asset for all Monroe County residents, not just those who own dogs.

But county officials need to remember that once the trail is built, it will require funds for maintenance. Ask anyone who manages the many existing walking/biking trails in our area about that.

Still, Piatt’s idea is worth pursuing. She deserves support in her quest for additional funding to make it a reality.

At the same time, county officials should recognize the need to build ongoing funds for the shelter and trail into future budgets — to ensure they remain in good shape for many years.

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