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Glen Rock May Ban Pets from Borough Schools

Dog-walkers leaving sanitary issues at several borough schools and athletic fields prompted the proposed ban, report says.

Residents may soon be banned from bringing their pets to Glen Rock schools, NorthJersey.com reported.

According to the report, the Glen Rock Bard of Education introduced a policy banning unauthorized pets on school property that it hopes to pass this month. If passed, the policy will be sent to the borough council in the hopes that it will pass a resolution providing for the enforcement of the rule, the report said.

The rule is the result of "sanitary nuisances" brought on by dog-walkers at the middle/high school athletic complex, and on the elementary school properties, the report said.

If the policy is passed, locals who bring pets to school properties would be considered trespassing, and school officials would have the right to alert the Glen Rock Police Department, the report said. 
Canines Can Do Dog Training with Dorice Stancher February 03, 2014 at 08:34 AM
It is a shame that for a few negligent owners the responsible lose their privileges. Education and a fine for the irresponsible is a step in the right direction. And perhaps a local pet business can donate a receptacle for supplying bags.? Many towns do this in frequented areas.
Brian February 03, 2014 at 08:45 AM
In the light of the measures to keep voters away from children and now this rule, perhaps Glen Rock should put up barbed wire fences around the school properties like an inner-city. Keep the kids and schools completely separate from the undesirables who have the audacity to live in the town. // For 75 years these schools coexisted with their neighbors but now the special little snowflakes have to be protected. // This attitude from the schools means that any right-minded citizen should no longer side with the schools when neighbors complain about inconveniences. The same neighbors who might want to walk their dog at the school are the ones who have to deal with 7 day a week rec sports schedules, parking nightmares for schools plays, concerts and games, kids littering on lawns, tramping through the flower beds, etc. etc. For 75 years, those neighbors gotten a nice benefit to counter this inconvenience because they had a big park behind them. But now, the schools act as if they are private property not part of the community. // Put up a sign to curb your dog, send some cops to enforce the rules about cleaning up after your dog but don't destroy the community by turning the schools into citadels that are only open to students.
John Q. February 03, 2014 at 08:49 AM
rules, rules, rules, rules, rules.......we need more rules, rules, rules, rules, and rules. And if that doesn't work.........make more rules.
thetentman February 03, 2014 at 09:08 AM
Wow, irresponsible dog owners let their pooches DEFECATE all over school grounds and don't clean it up and you think it is wrong or a conspiracy to ban dogs? You whiny GR folks should move to Ridgewood. You would fit right in. But just to be sure start practicing, by saying ME, ME, ME!
Brian February 03, 2014 at 09:12 AM
tentaman, I don't in any way support the dog owners. But I do think that Glen Rock has an administration in place that sees the residents as their enemy instead of an ally. That is a very dangerous attitude for a school system to adopt.
Canines Can Do Dog Training with Dorice Stancher February 03, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Please read my article. This is not a ME issue but a WE issue and I am sure there are more important issues than creating petty rules. This kind of approach does not encourage collaboration but rather an us versus them stance. I visit schools in the area for free for safety and scout presentation and to work with children with special needs or in library programs on our therapy visits. And this is a good experience for the little iPad generation as they develop respect and empathy for living creatures.
EMH February 03, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Let me start by saying I have two great dogs and a daughter who is diligently working on a proposal for a Dog Park in Glen Rock for her Girl Scout Gold Award. That said, I think this "regulation" is a big mistake! Is this issue really as bad as a few people say? Or is it a case of the squeakiest wheel getting the oil? I know when my kids were playing on the grass fields the issue was goose poop everywhere. Are you telling me that this problem has since been eradicated and now dogs are the issue? Why not address the perceived problem in small steps by posting signage, providing "clean up" bags and monitoring the situation before implementing such draconian measures? There are many, many responsible pet owners in this town that just want to give their dogs some exercise and companionship while also watching their kids games… For a kids points of view, please reference this recent Letter to the Editor - http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/235690341_Glen_Rock__Letters__Dec__13.html?mobile=1
disgusted February 03, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Ridgewood banned dogs from school fields along time ago and it really cleaned up the 2 fields by my house, but there should be someplace the people can walk there dog's besides the dog pen that's really crowded.
Keith Verkem February 03, 2014 at 02:08 PM
So here is the current ordinance in Glen Rock. Lets enforce this one, The fields will get clean and the town will make some money. I don't need government telling me more things I can't do. Additional regulations. [Added 5-22-1978 by Ord. No. 878] (1) All pet owners and keepers are required to immediately and properly dispose of their pet's solid waste deposited on any property, public or private, not owned or possessed by that person. [Amended 8-24-2005 by Ord. No. 1507] (2) No more than three dogs of licensed age shall be kept, maintained or harbored at one time in any residential housing unit or on its grounds or in any business establishment or on its grounds. This restriction shall not apply to properly licensed pet shops, kennels, shelters and pounds. (3) Exemptions: Any owner or keeper who requires the use of a disability assistance animal shall be exempt from the provisions of this section while such animal is being used for that purpose. [Added 8-24-2005 by Ord. No. 1507] H. Penalties. Except as otherwise provided, any person who violates any provision of Subsection F or G shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to a penalty of a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. Each day that a particular violation continues shall constitute a separate offense. [Added 5-22-1978 by Ord. No. 878; amended 9-28-1997 by Ord. No. 1291]
Marie February 03, 2014 at 03:01 PM
None of you get the point. The schools are for the kids. Not your dogs who can play in your yards. A soccer team has nowhere else to go. Figure it out. Enough BOE bashing.
Marie February 03, 2014 at 03:05 PM
One more point. Kids are afraid of dogs. Parents, too. Dogs at a soccer game are inappropriate and for you all to claim otherwise is just idiotic. The goose problem is unavoidable. The dog one is preventable. If people cannot clean up or control their dogs, then they are not welcome.
Phil Brooks February 03, 2014 at 03:36 PM
Marie, 100% agreed. And I'll take it one step further. // The fields should be used as designed. And I'm not talking just about dogs. From personal experience, my son (who pitched for the HS team) and I went over to the HS field so he could throw off a mound for a bit. This was before the field was rebuilt and it was still the "skin" infield. It's also before there was a fence all the way around with a locked gate. And a couple parents were teaching their kids how to ride a bicycle on the infield and they were telling their kids to ride up and down on the "hill (that's what they called it)." Anyway, when we attempted to use the field for its intended purpose, the parents were put off by that. And I told them the obvious--that it was a baseball field and not a place to ride a bike, that riding up and down the pitcher's mound wasn't doing it any good and that we wished to use the field as it was designed. Needless to say that they weren't too happy. // It's a shame that, though many people are considerate, there are just enough people who don't care and make life miserable for the large majority.
lbinanster February 03, 2014 at 03:40 PM
Brian, well said. Def not a fan of new school superintendent. Hopefully people who love GR and pets will voice their objection to the Boro Council.
Phil Brooks February 03, 2014 at 04:11 PM
Ibinanster, I'd tend to agree with you as it appears the Board of Ed in GR has become a cottage industry and seemingly answerable to no one.
J.C. Lee February 03, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Even if you agree that the dog issue is a major issue, this all sounds like another meaningless rule that the town cannot ever hope to enforce in a meaningful manner. Go for a stroll (well not tonight!) and add up all the rules posted in town: 15 minute parking, 2 hour parking, 4 hour parking, don't leave your engine running, clean up after your dog, no left turn, no turn on red, just to name a few. Enough already, the signs out number every man, woman and child in Glen Rock!!!! I don't mean that everyone should do as they please, yes society needs rules to protect citizens, but we are getting a little carried away here.
you know February 04, 2014 at 03:02 PM
Show of hands - who would rather their child not come home with dog crap all over them after playing in the school yard? This is an easy one, ban the dogs, let the kids play. (I am a dog owner too).

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