Hunting will once again be allowed within specific portions of the Lake Lou Yaeger Recreational Area for the purpose of maintaining healthy wildlife populations after the Litchfield City Council approved the ordinance for the second straight year.
Hunters will have the opportunity to submit their names by Oct. 20, for one of ten permits to be drawn from a lottery by Lake Superintendent Eric Lamb. Lamb said last year, of the ten permits, he saw two who actually hunted and one who got three deer.
Lamb also noted that it is strictly bow hunting and that hunters are required to harvest a doe before they can harvest a buck.
Alderwoman Kassidy Paine asked if any of the hunting area included the hiking and biking trail. Lamb said it did not and was the same area as last year, which were set with assistance from conservation officers and followed state laws limiting on how close hunters can be to residences and roadways.
The program is meant to cut down on the numbers and help prevent disease among the animals and vehicular accidents. The motion was approved 7-0, with Alderman Dwayne Gerl absent.
In other business, the council approved the minutes from the Oct. 1 meeting, authorized a change order for $5,070.21 from Korte Luitjohan for repairs to the first flush lagoon, authorized the purchase of a 72-inch Diamond Rotary Mower from Bobcat of St. Louis for the Lake Department for $12,832 (mainly using grant funds), declared a 1994 Pierce Saber Engine/Pumper as surplus and approved a lease with the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce for office space in the Carnegie Building.
The council also approved three different motions to spruce up the city. The council approved a facade grant application submitted by James Brian Verson Better Hearing Solutions for the property located at 411 North State Street for an amount not to exceed $29,275. Alderwoman Paine asked if much of the work being done to the building is due to damage done by the building next door, which was recently torn down. Mayor Steve Dougherty said that was the case, so the city would probably end up helping with the facade grant or through another avenue.
The council also approved a contract with Mike Klaves to fill the planters on State Street and Union Avenue for the holiday season for an amount not to exceed $4,500.
That amount will be paid through a grant according to City Administrator Tonya Flannery. Alderwoman Marilyn Sisson said the Klaves, who works for St. Francis Hospital, did a great job with the project last year.
Sisson also made an amendment to a motion that passed regarding a mural for the corner of Union Avenue and State Street. The total cost of the project, which will be done by Greeting Tour Muralists, is $10,000, but Sisson amended the motion to $7,500 due to grants from Walmart and other local businesses.
The meeting would adjourn at 6:47 p.m. The council will meet again on Thursday, Nov. 5, for their regular meeting.