Dog poop committee: One scoop at a time

In light of Ridgefield’s ongoing dog poop situation, a seven-member town committee — including First Selectman Rudy Marconi — has formed with the sole purpose of resolving the smelly issue.

“People were getting very upset about people not having any kind of common decency, and leaving their piles of dog waste,” said committee member and Town Treasurer Molly McGeehin.

The committee's efforts will first be felt downtown — on the rail trail, where three girl scouts from Troop 50784 are planning to install five or six dog waste receptacles; and then on Main Street, where an incoming freshman at Ridgefield High School — Logan Lachemann—  is installing similar poop scoopers.

Both parties are members of the newly formed committee.


McGeehin said there appears to be some confusion among town residents regarding the organic qualities of their pups’ doo-doo.

“One of the things I would really like to get across is that some people believe that dog waste is actually some kind of fertilizer, and they don’t realize how incredibly toxic it is,” she said.

“I’ve had people argue with me it’s better to leave it there than putting it in a bag, but I can’t even tell you how toxic dog waste actually is.”

The girls scouts and the East Ridge eighth grader are now in the process of requiring the necessary permits from the town engineer and affected property owners.