Council to vote on doe hunt at Nature Center

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 14, 2003

The City Council will decide whether to hold a doe-only bow hunt at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center at their meeting Monday night.

Nature Center Director Larry Dolphin has said the deer population, which is between 75 and 100, is too large. Deer are pulling apart trees and flowers before they have a chance to grow, and the herd's numbers need to be decreased, he said.

Because the deer know the boundaries of Nature Center, they never leave. Dolphin said a bow hunt would be the safest, most effective way to take care of the problem.

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Also, the council will vote on adopting new ordinances for beer, wine and liquor and tobacco regulations.

The alcohol regulations set out a specific penalty scale for violations such as selling to underage people or serving liquor to individuals that are too intoxicated.

They would create punishments that become progressively worse as more violations are incurred. At the fourth violation, the license is revoked.

Business have argued against the ordinance, saying it is too difficult for owners to police their employees at all times.

The proposal has fines starting at $500, then going to $1,000 and $2,000 before loss of license occurs.

The tobacco ordinance should not meet too much resistance. It simply brings city into compliance with state regulations, which vendors already abide by.

The city will vote to approve the bid for this year's sidewalk reconstruction.

Residents living in the area between Fourth and Twelfth Streets NW from Oakland to Fourth Avenue will have cracked and damaged sidewalk panels repaired starting around July 4.

Residents will be assessed the cost of repairs, which have been estimated to be between $110-$125, to panels adjoining their property.

Ti-Zack Concrete, Inc. has the low bid of $112,529.25.

Matt Merritt can be reached at 434-2214 or by email at