MARINETTE — The Marinette Parks and Recreation Committee will look at putting up informational signs at its parks and beaches to educate dog owners of the rules of bringing their pets to city parks.

The committee heard Tuesday from two aldermen, who met recently with a group of citizens, as well as city animal control officers, to discuss an ongoing problem with dog feces left in the park.

“We’d like to put up signs in several locations, on what is and isn’t allowed,” said Alderman Wally Hitt, who met with concerned citizens along with Alderman Dave Anderson.

Hitt said the signs would tell dog owners about leash requirements as well as reiterating that dogs are not allowed on the beaches or on playgrounds.

He said the group also discussed increasing dog license fees to pay for the signs, and how citizens could file complaints about people violating the park rules.

He and Anderson said that people witnessing violations would have to be able to back up their complaints with some sort of evidence and would need to be willing to testify in court.

They would be advised “don’t confront, but gather information,” Hitt said. “With citizen enforcement, we can help address the problem.”

He said it could help having possible violators know “somebody’s watching them.”

Alderwoman Dorothy Kowalski said she didn’t object to the signs, but she didn’t want to see them all over the parks. “They have to be strategically placed,” she said.

“People not following the rules aren’t going to necessarily follow the signs,” said Mayor Steve Genisot.

The committee discussed an offer from Mighty Pet to contribute dispensers for plastic bags for the dog feces. The local pet supply store offered the dispensers, but the city would be responsible for buying the plastic bags and keeping the boxes filled.

“That’s not really the city’s responsibility to provide bags the owners can buy,” said Alderman Ken Keller. He added that raising the fees on dog licenses was “jumping the gun.”

He agreed that there are no signs telling pet owners that dogs are not allowed on the beach or playgrounds, but suggested the city may be able to get some signs from the Department of Natural Resources, which had offered some for free more than a year ago and could be approached again.

Alderman Pete Noppenberg suggested the signs be placed near the entrances of the parks, with all the information in one place, while Keller said he thought there could be some signs closer to the beach and playgrounds.

“People will do what they are going to do,” Kowalski said, adding her concerns about too many signs that could end up being vandalized. She said she would rather see signs than to “ban dogs from the parks … I am not in favor of that.”

City Engineer Brian Miller said he was willing to work with someone from the committee to come up with sizes, wording and location ideas to get thing moving.

“Let’s just pull it together and come back with a plan at our next meeting and go with it,” Miller said.