Cheverly officials are barking up the right tree in their proposal to add dog waste stations, trash cans with attached plastic bags that can be used when owners clean up after pets.
For years, residents have been complaining about dog waste on the sidewalks and streets. The stations — which range around $200 or more each online — will be paid for out of money set aside for park supplies. The city plans to start with two stations, and if they prove to be popular, more may be added.
The alternative is to have code enforcement officers follow dog walkers and issue $25 fines to those who don’t clean up (the last citation issued was in the early 1990s, according to the town administrator). However, with residents decrying the lack of trash bins available to dispose of waste, easing the cleanup process is the better alternative.
Of course, some pet owners will continue to disregard the rules; however, if the stations encourage more people to do the right thing, it will put pressure on the violators to follow suit when others are around.
Cheverly deserves credit for addressing an issue that may seem minor. The solution will do wonders for community pride, aesthetics and sanitation.