Jonesville Town Council considers urban archery season
by Karen Martin
Special to The Tribune
During the January monthly meeting of the Jonesville Town Council, Town Manager Scott Buffkin spoke to the council about allowing urban archery beginning in 2014.
“Council member Danny Lewis has been approached about the possibility of establishing an urban archery season for deer in Jonesville,” Buffkin said. “Under state law, municipalities may establish a bow hunting season within its town limits during the months of January and February for whitetail deer. The Town of Elkin did so a couple of years ago.
“It’s too late to establish a season this year, but if the Town Council chooses, we can begin the process for establishing a season for 2014,” he said. “The Town Council discussed this idea in 2008 and decided not to move forward.”
“If we decide to proceed with allowing an urban archery season, will the people (hunters) still have to ask permission to be on a particular property,” Council member Gene Pardue asked Buffkin.
Buffkin replied by telling the council members that he believed that the state would give them all the information and that any hunter would have to obtain prior permission to be on any particular property to hunt.
Council member Wayne Moore said he would like to see the season allowed.
“I feel like we have a lot of deer in town and the surrounding area,” Council member Lewis said. “I don’t know about small critters such as beaver and groundhogs, but I think it would be a good idea and allow for more control of the deer population.
“I believe both Yadkinville and Elkin have it, and I think it would be good for Jonesville, Lewis said.”
“I say we pursue it, but I’m concerned about safety,” Council member Tracy Wall said.
“If I understand the law right, they’ll (the state) will tell us where they (hunters) could hunt,” Lewis said.
“I think we could continue to talk about pursuing urban archery at our February meeting and between now and then we can get more information on the program and possibly have someone from the Wildlife Commission come and talk to us,” Buffkin said. “We have to have the application in by late March, early April and we could make our final decision in our March meeting.”
Buffkin also presented the council with an update on the Greenway Grants.
“Earlier this month we received formal notice that the Recreational Trails Program grant for $75,000 (that had been applied for) has been approved, Buffkin said.” This is in addition to the North Carolina Division of Water Resources grant in the amount of $41,750 recently awarded.
“We are working with Anderson and Associates (the engineering firm that we contracted with a t the December meeting) to begin studying the bridge locations,” he said. “We expect to be able to present a recommendation to the Town Council no later than March 2013.”
“Our staff has met with Ron Niland about All American Associates future association with the town after the Clean Water Management Trust Fund grant expires and Mr. Niland has expressed his belief that we can complete the acquisition of all the identified properties for the greenway by the time the grant is set to expire,” Buffkin said. “Mr. Niland also expressed that he would like for the Town Council to consider asking for another extension of the grant and to use the remaining funds to acquire properties to the west of the old bridge (upstream) for as far as we can go. I believe we have approximately $200,000 left on the grant.”
“We have also sent an email with some additional information for the council to consider as we decide whether to pursue another extension of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund Grant, but we haven’t received a response from the Yadkin County Commissioners at this time.”
In other news, Buffkin told the Town Council members that Mayor Lindbergh Swaim is still hospitalized and is recuperating.
The council also set a tentative date in February for their first budget preparations that will include looking at the funding for the Police and Fire Departments.
Kevin Macemore, Fire Chief of the Arlington Fire Department gave the council a review of the fire departments response data for 2012,
“In 2012 our total responses in the Town of Jonesville was 357,” Macemore said. “Our responses in the rural areas were 258 and the automatic aid responses were 57 for a total of 672.
“Our call percentages consisted of 51 percent medical and 48 percent for all others,” he said. “The types of incidents that we responded to were fires, 41; medical 345; vehicle accidents, 58; rescue, 3; hazardous conditions 40; service calls, 147; false alarms, 27 and weather incident’s, 11 for a total of 671 responses.”
“Our total mileage for the year was 12,842 miles which includes bringing the new truck from Wisconsin,” Macemore said.
The meeting ended with Council Member Lewis telling the members of the police and fire departments that were present how very much they were appreciated and complimenting them on being such fine departments. The Jonesville Town Council then stood and gave the police and fire departments a standing ovation.
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