Dog Park Possible in Bloomingdale's Future
ROSE Fund allocations recommended to borough council.
Amidst a conversation about how to disburse the money collected this year through the borough's Recreation and Open Space Establishment (ROSE) Trust Fund, Bloomingdale Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy told council members March 12 he would like to see the borough apply for grant funding to create a dog park at Oakwood Lake next year.
The council heard a presentation from the ROSE Fund Committee during the meeting as part of an annual action where committee members present a "wish list" of items to the council for the borough's recreation and open space needs. This year's list included a dog walk and several other items.
The committee also recommends how much of the money collected from the ROSE tax should go toward recreation and open space. The ROSE Fund is a dedicated tax collected by the borough annually. It was approved by referendum in 2001.
Last year, the committee divded the allocations so that 25 percent of the tax money would be spent on recreation, 25 percent on parks and maintenance, 25 percent as discretionary funds and 25 percent on open space. This year, as recommended by Chairman Ed Simoni, the committee recommended 35 percent be spent on recreation, 35 percent be spent on parks and maintenance, 20 percent for discretionary funds and 10 percent for open space.
"Recreation and parks may need some extra capital due to damage from the winter," Simoni said.
As the borough continues to discuss and consider creating a river walk behind the senior center, Simoni said the higher percentage of distribution to one of the ROSE Fund sections designated to fund park maintenance could be beneficial.
"Some of the funding to get this started may come from parks," he said.