Since You Asked: Will Yuba City restock dog-waste bags at park?
Q: Does Yuba City ever plan on restocking the dog-waste bags at Regency Park? They stopped restocking the dispenser several months ago. True, responsible dog owners should carry their own bags, but having them available increases the likelihood that owners will take care of the waste.
The cost of providing bags can't be that overwhelming. It might even be an advertising avenue for a corporate sponsor.
A: Yuba City's dog-waste bag program just sort of crapped out.
Officials stopped buying the bags over the summer after shipments were back-ordered twice and never arrived, according to city parks Supervisor Ty Whitcomb.
"Then we decided to suspend it for budget reasons," Whitcomb said.
Started about 10 years ago, the city program supplied the bags at eight municipal parks, including Regency Park.
The city spent only about $2,500 each year for the bags, but an era of furloughs, overtime restrictions and other cutbacks, it seemed a little too much to waste on waste. Especially during these troubled times, publicly funded poop bags may be a hard sell. Parks officials tried several years ago to find a business to sponsor the bags, but there was no interest, including from local pet stores, Whitcomb said.
Perhaps nobody wanted to associate their business with a pet's business.
Certainly for the time being, pet owners should take it upon themselves to sack up.
Store at Plumas/Bridge?
Q: Recently, I've seen construction going on at the corner of Plumas and Bridge streets in Yuba City. I believe it might be a retail store. Is this true?
A: Actually, it's going to be another Subway sandwich shop.
There's no timetable for when the shop could open. Attempts to reach owner Baljit Gill were not successful.
It will be the fourth Subway in Yuba City and the third belonging to Gill, according to Tammie Rikard, Yuba City's community development technician.
Building officials said it has been something of a long road for the pending fast-food deli.
Initial permits were pulled in September of last year, but construction started earlier this month.
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