We’ve all heard this same argument before: Dog owners who don’t pick up their pets waste when strolling through city-owned parks. The audacity of dog owners not to scoop up and bag their dog’s waste has been cussed and discussed in both Marinette and Menominee for years.

The Marinette Parks and Recreation Committee is the latest group of municipal representatives to weigh in on the nagging problem.

Who would ever think that animal waste in a municipal park, a place where people go to relax and enjoy themselves, would be so upsetting to so many people for so long. But it has and it’s really time for city representatives to make a decision to either put a halt to the daredeviltry or at least implement an ordinance that will compel dog owners to pony up money for a stiff fine.

Alderman Ken Keller has been the pointman to get something done for a long time but his bark apparently hasn’t been loud enough. Keller reminded committee members that the city of Marinette is on a mission to promote its parks and other locations of recreation and entertainment, but the mission is almost impossible when people have to be slipping and sliding in dog dirt.

Installing brighter and more reflective signs warning dog owners was one suggestion put forth. Really? Would this help when defiant dog owners would simply walk past the sign and ignore the warning. Surely there is some kind of technology available that would be a better detection gimmick than a warning sign.

Committee chairperson Dorothy Kowalski, who represents the city-at-large on the council, noted one of the problems has been the difficulty of enforcing in-place municipal ordinances. Kowalski suggested it may even take the installation of video equipment to catch the brash dog owners. We think her suggestion should be looked into a little deeper.

Here we are looking forward to summer and its short appearance in our part of the country and we’re still talking about naughty dog owners and their utter defiance of existing ordinances. The task of enforcement for the lone animal control officer in the police department is too big a burden on the officer.

Alderman Rick Polzin said it might come to the point where the city will have to close all parks to dogs. We’ll likely hear a response from some dog owners who claim the problem exists with only a few recalcitrant dog owners. That argument no longer holds water. The problem has existed far beyond the reasonable discussion stage and it’s time for the city to take action. Even if it means banning dogs from local parks.