Several residents approached the Plainfield Town Council about an ordinance which governs the rules and regulations for the town’s parks and trails.
Plainfield resident Francis Daum started the discussion during the “Business from the Floor” section of the Monday meeting of the town council.
“I am concerned about ordinance 10-2013 which deals with the rules and regulations of parks and recreation,” she said. “The clear purpose of the ordinance is to limit the town’s liability.”
She said she has always been proud of the town’s parks system and that she believes the trail system has become the envy of surrounding communities.
“I just think this ordinance goes beyond the scope of good common sense,” Daum said. “These are needless constrictions.”
One of the rules she was questioning is the availability of the recreational area from “dawn to dusk.”
“There are people who are training for the Mini that will be out running on the trails before dawn,” she said. “I hope you look at this ordinance from a different perspective before it is read the third and final time.”
The ordinance is in the process of being updated. It had been read at the March 11 meeting and the second reading took place in the council’s “consent agenda” just prior to Daum taking the podium.
Council President Robin Brandgard thanked Daum for her comments.
“I don’t necessarily disagree with you,” Brandgard said. “But we do live in a different society than when we were kids. Our parents took responsibility for our actions. Now, the first thing they do is run to a lawyer. We have to protect the town if we are to go to court.”
Kent McPhail, council member, echoed some of Brandgard’s statements.
“We do have to be very cautious,” he said. “I would like the council and Mel (Melvin Daniel, the town council’s attorney) to go back over the ordinance. Sad to say we live in a society that needs an ordinance like this.”