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  • City Council to study dog day care after planners nix idea

  • Medford officials say Robert Dudley is barking up the wrong tree in his efforts to open a doggy day care center near other businesses.
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  • Medford officials say Robert Dudley is barking up the wrong tree in his efforts to open a doggy day care center near other businesses.
    "It's discouraging," said 46-year-old Dudley, a Medford resident. "I've spent about five months looking into the feasibility of doing this, just waiting to get to this point of the city saying yes or no."
    City planning officials recommend a day care center for dogs be treated like a kennel, which is required to have a 200-foot setback from other businesses — practically impossible in most commercial centers.
    A dog kennel or a baby crying hit a decibel level of 110 — higher than a stereo at maximum volume but still less than a jet engine, according to a city study. From a distance of 200 feet, the decibel level drops to 64, about twice as noisy as light traffic.
    The council will study the issue at a study session at noon, Thursday in the Medford Room of City Hall, 411 W. Eighth St.
    — Damian Mann
    Read more in Thursday's Mail Tribune.
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