SILVER LAKE — The village’s deer cull will occur in a larger area this year.
The Village Council this week voted 5-2 in favor of allowing bow hunting on wooded property owned by the Crystal Park Development Corp. and land at 2822 Lakeland Parkway owned by Daniel Markowitz. Both parties have requested that hunting occur on those parcels.
For the Crystal Park property, hunters will be instructed to be at least 50 yards from the south border line of the property and should direct their arrows toward Crystal Lake, according to the rules. When hunting at 2822 Lakeland Parkway, hunters will be instructed to direct their arrows toward Crystal Park property.
Council President Jerry Jones and council member Tim Nichols cast the dissenting votes. Both Jones and Nichols voted against the establishment of the deer cull program in September 2017. Last year, when the hunting occurred only on a 45-acre parcel behind village hall, four deer were put down. Hunting will again happen on the 45-acre parcel, too.
Village solicitor Robert Heydorn said hunting the two new areas should help reduce the flow of deer into the village.
Mayor Bernie Hovey said he is tentatively planning to have the cull start during the weekend right after Thanksgiving. Hovey said all six hunters who participated in last year’s effort are interested in returning to hunt again.
The returning hunters will be divided into three two-person teams and will be allowed to hunt from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. Only one two-person team will be allowed at any one time, according to the village’s deer hunting rules and regulations.
The hunter must hunt from a tree stand that is at least 8 feet off the ground. The hunter will be allowed to keep the first deer he puts down, but must donate the second deer to a food bank. “No trespassing” signage will again be posted to ensure residents will steer clear of the public areas that will be hunted, Hovey said.
The bow hunting season runs through early February.
Following about nine months of discussion and debate, council in September 2017 voted 5-2 to implement the deer culling effort. Council members who favored culling cited concerns about public safety, the potential starvation of deer during the winter and the spread of disease in conjunction with what they felt was an observable increase in the number of deer during the last few years.
The council also on Monday unanimously approved the appointment of Silver Lake Police Lt. James B. Norris, 48, as the new police chief starting Jan. 23. Norris will replace John Conley, who has told village officials that his last day as chief will be Jan. 22.
Following the vote, Jones congratulated Norris, and council members applauded.
“I truly appreciate council’s support,” Norris said after the meeting.
A search committee consisting of Hovey, Village Council Vice President Bill Church (At Large), council member Therese Dunphy (District B) and resident Fred Zuch interviewed both Norris and Lt. Steve Justice for the job, and selected Norris.
Norris will earn a salary of $66,231.98, according to the legislation. He will be sworn in to office on Jan. 22.
Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, email@example.com, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.