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      Kirksville Council approves rules for 'Bark Park'

      Kirksville City Council met Monday night to discuss and approve a number of items on their agenda.

      One of the items approved on the agenda included the rules and regulations for the McKinney Bark Park. That park is scheduled to open before the end of the month. Dog owners will be held personally and legally responsible for their dogs if any incident such as a bite from the animal were to occur. Because the dogs will be allowed off of the leash, handlers must remain inside the fenced area and have view of the dog and maintain a verbal control of the animal at all times.

      "We want to keep both the pet owners and any people who may visit the park as well as the animals safe, so it was important to establish these rules and regulations for dog parks in the city of Kirksville," said Assistant City Manager, Ashley Young.

      Kirksville City Council also approved to provide funding and support to Kirk-Tran for public transportation and services. Kirk-Tran currently provides public transportation for residents within the city of Kirksville and a 15 mile radius of downtown Kirksville for residents in Adair County. Kirk-Tran will continue to receive a percentage of the city's transportation sales tax in order to help with service.