Posted on: November 9, 2017

November City Council: Bow-hunting ban discussion continues

The Minot City Council approved an ordinance prohibiting bow hunting on City-owned land within city limits.

The original ordinance was intended to ban bow hunting completely within city limits, but alderman Shaun Sipma made a motion changing the wording to instead ban bow hunting only on city-owned land. After discussion, that amendment was approved by a 5-2 vote. Subsequently, the amended ordinance was approved by the same 5-2 vote to ban bow hunting on city-owned property in city limits.

The Council’s Nuisance Animal Committee will continue to discuss the topic of hunting within city limits at its future meetings.

Other items from the meeting:

-The Council approved the removal of traffic signals at the intersection of University Avenue and Third Street Northeast. Traffic instead will be controlled with a two-way stop sign on University Avenue for traffic crossing Third Street Northeast. A study will be conducted in the spring to determine if the level of pedestrian activity at the intersection warrants the inclusion of a larger cross walk.

-City Manager Tom Barry told the Council that the City is making plans for a State of the City Address to be delivered by Mayor Chuck Barney. The event is tentatively scheduled for early February, and will include an open house including displays from the various City departments.

-Barry also announced plans for an initiative that will commemorate the high-water marks from the 2011 flood. Markers will be displayed in several areas in the valley to designate the levels of water during the flood. Funding for the program could potentially come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

-The council authorized Barry to research the cost of hiring an external third-party reviewer to study Minot’s bid authorization and awarding process.

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