September 16, 2010
Town Council Discusses Hunting in Town
WRIGHT, Wyoming (SmallTownPapers) -- The Wright Town Council held their regular meeting on Monday, September 13 at 7:30 pm at the Town Hall with a workshop at 7:00 pm. During the workshop, the sheriff's report was given by Gene Hansen. He reported for the last four weeks, to make up for the last meeting. There were 93 district 5 phone calls, with 71 of those calls in Wright. Those included VIN inspections, civil calls, reddi reports, three DUI's, three suspicious acts, one accident, three traffic complaints, three alarms, three trespassing, four harassments, and three fights.
"It's actually been fairly quiet," said Mr Hansen.
The maintenance report was given by Rick Hale, Public Works Operations Manager. Lyle Murdock, Building Official gave the building official's report.
Also during the workshop, another topic was brought to the council's attention; there is not currently a law restricting hunting within town limits. Mayor Kingan opened the discussion.
"I got a call; I didn't know we still had hunting in town, but apparently we still have it on the ordinance book. As far as I remember way back when I was mayor the first time, I thought we got rid of that but I guess we didn't," he said.
"You can still put in an application, there's no stipulations saying why not" said Lyle Murdock, implying that if someone were to put in an application, the council would have no legal backing to turn it down.
"Anybody can come and put in an application, and there are no guidelines to even turn it down," said Mayor Kingan.
The council considered the option of restricting hunting to bow and arrow used only by handicapped accompanied by a worthy guide, and only within the boundaries of the Haycreek Golf Course. The only complication was timing. They discussed whether or not there is a possibility to set up a certain time when the golf course can close so that hunting can be safe for everybody.
"We have to have a time cap so that there aren't golfers out there on the golf course," said Lyle Murdock.
"I just assume do away with the whole thing," said Councilman Preston.
"I just say no hunting in town period," said Councilman Schroeder.
The council moved the discussion to continue under "New Business" near the end of the meeting. After the regular meeting began, the council discussed adopting some new state laws. Councilman Litaba requested a copy of the state statutes in order to better understand the laws that the town will possibly be adopting. The two laws that are under discussion and moving into the 2nd read are traffic regulation laws and prohibiting racing and careless driving in Wright.
The council approved the electrical permit and inspection fee for Tatonka Park. Next, they approved the rejection of all bids for Tatonka Park Restrooms. They will re-open the bid in the spring. They also approved a request to authorize Stetson Engineering to submit a request on behalf of the Town for a 50% match SLIB Grant for the water and sewer extension for the Riding and Roping Facility. They also approved the estimate and payment for the street light installation for Haycreek Road and Glenn Court. They followed with the approval for additional funding for the repairs to the original Animal Control Facility.
They continued the discussion on how best to handle the situation on hunting within town limits. The council concluded that they would write an ordinance banning hunting within town limits completely, and put a suspension on any hunting until the ordinance is passed. For more information on the hunting laws of Wright, please contact the Town Hall at 464-1666.
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