SOLON - Although the city’s reactivated deer culling program had not gotten underway yet, the manager of the program said earlier this week he expected sharpshooting could begin before Feb. 1.
“Right now, that’s depending on the weather conditions,” said David Hromco, manager of the city’s program. “The program does work a little better when there’s snow, as long as there’s not too much.”
Wind conditions are also a factor in getting the program off the ground, said Hromco, who set up the initial program using sharpshooters from a private contractor beginning in 2004 and continuing through 2009.
Council voted on January 17, 2012 to implement the cull. It was deemed an emergency and therefore surpassed the 3 reading requirement.
Killing will begin on Monday, January 23, 2012.
An 80-year old woman baby-sitting her great grandchildren is hit in the face with an arrow while sitting at the kitchen table. The arrow went through her screen and glass window. It was shot by a neighbor who apparently didn't know or care where his stray arrows were going. He was still target practicing later when the police came to investigate.
Read more: http://www.wlwt.com/video/28682450/detail.html#ixzz1TWCMqdjn
Check out the page explaining the damage to the understory issue often raised by culling proponents. You can find it under the Falsehoods tab here.
We collected more than enough signatures to put this issue on the ballot and are expecting the Board of Elections to certify these signatures in the next few weeks and then assign an issue number.
At the last council meeting Public Works Commissioner Stanek was asked to provide costs, as of Friday the 17th, council had "no new material". The mid-June Council Meeting went quickly, avoiding many important issues due to the absence of Councilman Russo. There was NO discussion of the deer issue at caucus or council.
The first July meeting fell on the 4th and was cancelled so the next meeting will be July 18, so there will be no costs and no comments, until Mid July.
Law director Lobe did announce the ballot initiative at the closing roundtable discussion. He said it is initiated by Ohio law and no action is required by council, he suggested that council look at the legislation and said that the administration will have some duties upon the petitions being presented.
A plan was recommended to Council by the Safety Committee, its been discussed for over a half year and still no specific costs are available.
See the Council Meeting here, discussion starts at 1 hr 2 min until 1 hr 12 min. At 1 hr 18 min, two residents spoke in opposition to bow hunting until 1 hr 26 min, at 1 hr 28 min Russo challenged the public comments as Stanek did at 1 hr 35 min. For a full discussion see the following article.
While the lack of costs was a major reason why council could take no action, Kraus also mentioned the absence of Councilman Bell. Both these shortcomings are to be addressed at the next council meeting and it would be possible to pass it under suspension on that day.
At the special June 2nd Safety Meeting, Stanek provided corrections from Scott Peters (ODOW) and USDA WS to the Deer Management Plan. Councilman Kraus would not support the bow hunting component and voted No. Russo was anxious to move it forward and voted with Bell to do so, despite the lack of any costs or implementation details. Stanek said others were critical of the bow hunting being too restrictive, but then suggested and got the language passed that bow hunting would use ODOW rules in place for other municipalities, thus negating the cautious restrictions put in the Solon plan to address concerns.
Thursday, June 2
James Stanek, Public Works Commissioner, will present his findings on costs associated with outsourcing the Deer Management Plan to the USDA, Wildlife (dis)Services. Plan implementation will also be on the agenda.
The agenda is here, Stanek presented no prep material in advance, he'll discuss the issues at the meeting.