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Peninsula planning commission meetings moved

8/14/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Bow hunting ordinance has first reading

Peninsula Village Council at its Aug. 11 regular meeting approved moving village Planning Commission meetings to the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Council approved the ordinance on first reading, according to Fiscal Officer John Stiegel.

Council also approved a resolution permitting the mayor to sign the Summit County Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding for Job Creation and Retention and Tax Revenue Sharing for the period 2014-15 and authorized the fiscal officer to advertise for bids for a one-year trash collection and disposal contract, Stiegel said.

Council had first reading on legislation sponsored by Councilman Brian Schall to permit bow hunting in the village, Stiegel said. The legislation sparked much discussion from Council members, Stiegel said.

The proposed ordinance would allow bow hunting within the municipal limits of the village under certain conditions.

The ordinance would require the hunter to be a resident landowner or be the guest of a resident landowner. No more than one guest at a time would be permitted to hunt on a section of land, according to the ordinance. Hunting would be permitted only on residential property zoned R-1 or R-2 and is restricted to landowners who own at least 4 acres or who have the consent of an adjacent landowner to combine acreage for the purpose of qualifying for the hunting permit, according to the ordinance. No hunting may be done within 600 feet of a public structure, such as a school, government building or place of worship, the proposed ordinance stated.

Hunters must secure a permit from the village chief of police and have any or all state licenses. Hunters must obey all Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Department of Wildlife regulations. Those in violation of the ordinance are guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor, the ordinance stated.

Council’s next meeting is set for Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers in Village Hall, located at the corner of Akron-Peninsula Road and state Route 303 in Peninsula.

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