Do you have suggestions about how to manage the city’s increasing deer population? The City Council would love to hear from you. Even better, you can serve on the Citizens Committee to research the issue. At last night’s meeting, City Council members wanted to learn what, if anything, should be done about deer in city limits. One solution is a controlled hunt but only one person so far has come out in favor and one person has voiced concerns. The state does allow a community deer management program but there is a process to establishing it. One requirement is a fact-find committee. Even if you do not wish to serve on it, you are still invited to share your opinion with a City Council Member or Mayor.
At the council meeting, City Engineer Jim Warner reported that Washington Street work continues with the pouring of concrete. The north lanes have been paved from downtown west to Marion Street. Warner hopes that the entire length of the north bound lanes will be ready for traffic by the end of July.
The council approved an amendment to the engineering services agreement with Warner Engineering for the downtown sidewalk project. Council member Stan Curtis said A.D.A. compliance makes this particular project difficult, saying that regulations had to be understood before the agreement could be signed. The numerous sidewalk elevations around the square have made the project a complex project.
The Mt. Pleasant City Council passed the first reading of a proposed ordinance to place a stop sign at the intersection of East Sheaffer Drive and Sheaffer Circle. The first reading of another proposed ordinance failed to pass. This ordinance would establish no parking on the east side of the 300 block of North Marion. Three council members were in favor. Matt Crull abstained because his parent’s live in that block and two council members were not present for the meeting. The proposal can be brought back for another try at a first reading.
Some new appointments to area boards. Carrie Muhs will service a six-year tearm on the Library Board. Ann Overton was appointed to serve on the Airport Advisory Board. She is the first female on that board and Jim Carson was appointed to another three-year term to the Park and Recreation Advisory Board. Finally, the Council approve moving Nicholas Ettinger from reserve status on the Fire Department to active.