Location of dog park approved

The Lander County Commission approved the location for the possible creation of a new dog park in Battle Mountain. Road closures unanimously passed for the annual Flu Pod placed for residents.

On Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Commissioner Chambers, the county commission voted and approved to make Lions Park the possible dog park in town. The vote passed with a four to one vote with Commissioner Judie Allan being the lone dissenter.

Commissioner Doug Mills explained, “Went over to Lions Park, looked over the area we mentioned, paced it off to get the dimensions, and I am pretty content with having in the northeast corner next to the horseshoe pits. I think that is a good spot.”

“I think it will be a nice area for the dogs we will have running, and I think it will be an excellent addition to the town,” added Commissioner Patsy Waits.

Allan mentions she is still opposed to Lions Park as a location, and explained: “Lions Park is used for the Easter Egg hunt every year, Borealis Park is considerably larger and offers the opportunity to make a larger area for the dogs to run.”

The commissioners have had this item on the agenda multiple times, and no one has spoken up during the public comment. The original petition for the dog park requested Lions Park specifically.

Road closures upcoming

The commission also approved road closures for the annual Battle Mountain Flu Pod held on Oct. 12. The closures include the east end of West Humboldt, north end of Palmer Street, North end of Watt Street, north end of Stone Avenue and west end of Burns Road adjoining Broyles Ranch Road.

These closures are to be able to control the flow of traffic in and around the Flu Pod so staff can maintain the safety of the patients. The item was voted on and unanimously approved. Commissioner Art Clark inquired if pneumonia shots or other shots would be offered but only flu shots will be available during this event.

The commission also approved the job descriptions for the receptionist at the Lander County Recreational Center. The board also approved the ratification of the job description for a full-time lifeguard at the Lander County Recreational Center.

Waits also took time in the meeting to mention a new program called 2-1-1 to help reduce the number of emergency calls to the 9-1-1 lines in the state. Waits explained how the 2-1-1 program is a 24-hour service where pregnancy services, programs for children, medical and mental health services are a few of the services provided.

The phone line is confidential for the caller and includes a translation service for over 150 languages. Waits felt this can help with the high number of emergency calls that are not real emergencies.