CRAPP award bestowed on two Breck women |

CRAPP award bestowed on two Breck women

Jane Stebbins

BRECKENRIDGE – Rick Holman knew when he took the job of police chief he’d be handing out citizen commendations, recognitions and awards.

But he never thought he’d be honoring people for organizing scat patrols.

“I didn’t think I’d be handing out certificates for people who pick up poop,” Holman admitted. “But I did know I’d be working with the community to address neighborhood problems. And this is the perfect example of a neighborhood problem.”

Tuesday night, the Breckenridge Town Council lauded Shirley Raney and Kris Kosniek – who wore a Groucho Marx moustache and glasses to “disguise” herself – with a Citizen Recognition and Appreciation for Poop Pick-Up (CRAPP) award. The two organized and implemented what Holman hopes will become an annual event to clean up dog feces in Carter Park.

“We wanted to keep it a dog park, and make people aware,” said Raney, who lives adjacent to the park. “We want people to step up and pick up.”

She and Kosniek coordinated the event, including creating a logo, distributing fliers and acquiring food for the pick-up-turned-picnic.

The issue of dog poop came to a head this spring when neighbors and park visitors complained that, as the snow melted, the buried feces emerged – an occurrence many have said is an annual rite of spring.

“This is a serious issue,” said Mayor Sam Mamula. “We are concerned about the state of Carter Park.”

Carter Park is one of the last parks in Summit County where dogs are allowed to run free, as long as they are under the voice command of their owners. The town council was debating banning dogs from the park when the two Breckenridge women came up with the idea to hold a community poop scoop.

Fifty-seven people signed up for the April 30 event, Holman said. Those in attendance said many more than that chipped in to pick up animal detritus – between 15 to 20 heavy duty trash bags worth – that has accumulated over the winter. They scoured the park from the parking lot at the north end to the forested swath at the south, up to the top of the sledding hill and around Breckenridge Elementary School.

“This was a great example of a community pitching in,” Holman said. “The park is an important place. This needs to be a collaborative effort between the community and us to make sure we don’t lose our resources.”

Councilmember Larry Crispell agreed, saying the cleanup could provide enough incentive to encourage errant dog owners to pick up after their pets.

“It was great, I like it. It’s funny,” Raney said about receiving the award. “We’d be glad to do it again next year.”

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