By Tim Kowols
The Sturgeon Bay Common Council could lengthen the leash on the city’s park ordinances relating to dogs at its meeting on Tuesday. Under the proposed ordinance, owners would be allowed to bring their dogs to parks as long as they are on a leash at all times and do not go on beaches, playgrounds, and ballfields. According to the meeting agenda, the debate on the topic goes back to 2010, with opponents citing safety concerns at sporting events and crowded areas along with owners not picking up after their pets as their main reasons. Dogs would still be allowed to be unleashed at the city’s dog parks while owners would be fined under the proposed ordinance if they violate the terms. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will meet at noon inside their chambers at city hall.