On Thursday City Council took Lubbock out of the ‘Bark for your Park' contest, but is this the end of a dog park for Lubbock?
For months people have been voting for Lubbock to get its own dog park through Petsafe's contest. The city with the most votes would win $100,000 to help build the community dog park.
To be eligible in the contest the City of Lubbock had to approve a location for the park by the June 15th deadline. During Thursday's meeting city council chose not to take action on naming a location, which makes Lubbock ineligible for the contest.
The reasoning behind council's decision is legal issues. City Attorney Sam Medina says as part of the contest rules, Lubbock would have to indemnify the sponsor Petsafe. This means if Petsafe were to be sued for any reason or held accountable for any actions at the dog park, the City of Lubbock would be responsible for paying all legal fees and judgements.
Medina says that's not only too big of a risk for tax payers, but it's also an illegal agreement. "It's unconstitutional, and the city is not in the business of violating the constitution," said Medina.
According to Medina, in order for the city to enter into an indemnity agreement the city would need a sinking fund to cover the costs, which Medina says the city does not have and will not have.
But this isn't the end of the road for those pushing for a park. The committee who has been working with council says they'll continue looking for private donations to hopefully build a park.
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