Atlantic City Council to hold 1st reading of deer control ordinance Wednesday


April 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The first reading of an ordinance pertaining to “Urban Deer Control” will be held during a meeting of the Atlantic City Council, Wednesday evening. The Community Protection Committee (CPC) has discussed the matter with Iowa DNR officials, and concluded an overpopulation of deer within the Atlantic City limits poses a threat to property and public safety. If eventually approved, the ordinance would allow bow hunting of antlerless deer, with certain restrictions and conditions. 
The Council will also act on a resolution amending the City’s Personnel Policy, with regard to “Safety and Loss Control.” A representative with the Iowa Municipalities Worker Compensation Association conducted a site visit last week, and concluded the City should adopt three new policies. One would require employees to wear seat belts in City vehicles. The second requires the use of a designated physician for on-the-job injuries. The third pertains to a “Return to work” policy.  
In other business, the Atlantic City Council will consider and possibly act on a resolution accepting and approving the acquisition of vacant and dilapidated properties which were deemed unsafe for human occupation. The properties are located at 400 Hickory Street, 300 Cedar Street and 302 ½ Cedar Street. The City may decide to demolish at least two of those properties and offer the lots to adjacent property owners or other interested persons, at a reasonable cost. The third house might end-up being purchased for rehabilitation by an interested person, or, the City may decide to demolish it, as well. The Atlantic City Council meeting begins at 5:30-p.m. Wednesday.