(Posted Dec. 8, 2020)
By Josephine Birdsell, Staff Writer
On Dec. 7, West Jefferson village council approved a measure to allow hunting within the village.
Anyone who owns property in the village can hunt on that property. Property owners also can allow their immediate family members, including siblings, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, first cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws, to hunt on their land if they provide written permission. Additionally, corporation owners can hunt on corporation land they own in the village.
Within the village limits, property owners and their family members can only hunt using a bow and arrow, crossbow or shotgun. They cannot hunt within 300 feet of a property boundary, residence or public road within the village limits.
The measure is intended for residents’ use on undeveloped land that was annexed into the village, said Ray Martin, mayor.
Previously, hunting was only allowed in the village’s nature conservancy. in 2017, the conservancy approved hunting using a bow and arrow. Village residents must enter a lottery to win a hunting time on the conservancy. The new measure does not affect hunting regulations on the conservancy, which is controlled by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
In other news, the village received an additional $35,255 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) act funding. The funding can only be spent on expenses related to the pandemic, and spending must be federally approved.
Also, the village completed a traffic study at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and Taylor Blair Road. The village hopes to install a traffic light to slow traffic at the intersection. The Ohio Department of Transportation must approve the project before construction can begin. In the meantime, the village is seeking grants to offset construction costs, estimated to be $175,000. The goal is to install the traffic light in 2021.