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Ordinance allowing controlled deer hunting in Mt. Pleasant clears first hurdle

Mar 01, 2013

By BROOKS TAYLOR

Mt. Pleasant News

There may be deer hunting in the City of Mt. Pleasant.

No, it won’t be any widespread, organized hunt, but the Mt. Pleasant City Council, Wednesday night, passed the first reading of an ordinance amendment allowing deer slaying within the city limits.

However, those hunting deer will have to follow strict rules and guidelines, established by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the city.

Chapter 14 of the Mt. Pleasant City Code specifies no hunting within the city. The statues reads: “It shall be a violation of this section for any person to pursue, hunt, kill, snare, net, search for, shoot at, stalk, or lie in wit for any game, animal, or bird with an air gun, BB gun, firearm, bow and arrow, or any other thrown or propelled device within the city limits.”

The council is proposing an amendment to the article to allow for deer hunting. The new language reads as follows:

“Nothing herein shall prohibit the hunting with bow and arrow of deer during those periods designated annually by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for such hunting by persons issued licenses by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and issued permits by the city, provided that such hunting is done in compliance with the regulations established by the city.”

The deer-hunting amendment is the culmination of a committee’s work in studying the issue. Mt. Pleasant city officials received numerous complaints last summer from citizens regarding the deer population devouring gardens. The council and Police Chief Ron Archer organized a citizen committee to study the problem and offer recommendations.

“The rules and regulations are pretty specific,” Mayor Steve Brimhall noted. “If it (ordinance amendment) works, we will leave it alone. If it doesn’t, we will change it. We are not the first city to do this. We have a lot of people talking about too many deer running around eating their garden.”

Second and third readings are planned at the next two council meetings before the ordinance amendment becomes law.

Council members approved an engineering services agreement with Warner Engineering Associates Inc. for replacement and resurfacing of South Iris Street, south of Washington Street.

Work on the street is planned this summer. Councilman Stan Curtis said the street needs it.

“The road is in very bad condition,” Curtis assessed. “We will probably remove the existing surface and put in drainage. The road gets a lot of use because of East Lake Park and the airport.”

Warner Engineering will be paid $32,000 for its work.

Also on the reconstruction drawing board is South Main Street, formerly U.S. 218 (twice removed). The council passed a resolution authorizing the mayor to sign an application for State Transportation Program (STP) funds for the South Main project, which is planned for the fiscal 2017/2018 budget years.

Council members unanimously approved a $23.3 million fiscal 2014 budget following a public hearing eliciting nary a single remark. The property tax levy will remain at $12.18 per $1,000 taxable valuation.

A second reading on additional stop intersections in Linden Heights was passed. The new intersections include the following:

South Linden Lane, at both intersections with East Linden Drive;

East Linden Court, at the intersection with South Linden Drive;

South Linden Place, at the intersection with East Linden Drive;

South Linden Plaza, at the intersection with East Linden Drive;

North Oak Drive, at the intersection with East Linden Drive;

East Oak Brook Lane, at both intersections with South Oak Brook Drive;

East Oak Brook Place, at the intersection with South Oak Brook Drive;

South Linden Place, at the intersection with East Linden Drive;

South Spruce Avenue, at the intersection with East Linden Drive;

East Ashford Avenue, at the intersection with East Linden Drive;

South Magnolia Drive, at the intersection with East Linden Drive.

Stop intersections will be deleted at Oakbrook Lane, both sides, at Oakbrook Drive; and Oakbrook Place, southwest side, at Oakbrook Drive.

Council members meet again in regular session Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

 

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