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City Council To Discuss Deer Hunting Ordinance At Work Session, Meeting

The city will discuss the recently proposed legislation that would allow bow hunting of deer in Mentor

Mentor City Council will revisit a piece of proposed legislation today that, if passed, would .

The ordinance is on the schedule to be discussed at a work session 5:30 p.m. today at . It is also on the agenda for the Council meeting at 7 p.m. However, Council may choose not to vote on it tonight.

Earlier this year, Council gave the city administration permission to pursue the permits needed to get a .

This latest ordinance is only part of the city's ultimate plan and not its totality, city officials said.

The ordinance proposes:

  • long bow, crossbow and compact bow hunting of white-tailed deer in Mentor during the appropriate state-sanctioned hunting season. No firearms will be permitted.
  • hunting would only be allowed on parcels of five acres or larger or a combination of no more than three adjacent properties that aren't separated by a public roadway and are five or more acres.
  • hunters must have all necessary state permits, as well as a city permit issued by the chief of Mentor Police Department.
  • hunters must have the permission of the property owners on which they hunt
  • all hunters must agree to hunt only from a fixed, elevated position at least eight feet from the ground
  • no hunting shall occur within 100 feet of a property line, driveway or roadway
  • the first deer harvested by a hunter must be an antlerless deer
  • any hunter who kills a deer, or any other animal, shall report such a kill to the police department within 24 hours

Also at tonight's City Council meeting:

  • the city will amend STERIS's .

According to its current grant, STERIS should receive $1.3 million in tax incentive grants during the next 10 years (or $135,000 per year) for adding $13.6 million to its payroll.

The amount of the tax incentive will not change. The grant will only be amended to reflect .

  • Council can vote to approve the purchase of eight new Ford Interceptors for the Mentor Police Department. They will cost a total of $222,000, according to the proposed legislation.
  • The city can accept $18,000 in funding from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The money would go to the removal and replacement of ash trees, .

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