Cortland — Deer hunting was officially legalized at some Cortland properties with ordinance approval Monday night.
The ordinance legalizes cross-bow or bow-and-arrow hunting in private areas of five acres or more for the remainder of the bow season, which runs through February 5th.
Hunting was previously prohibited by an ordinance outlawing the firing of firearms within city limits.
Alderman Jim Bradley, who introduced the law earlier last month, said the new bow hunting law “good program” And it has an educational aspect. Hunters, including those who hunt on their own land, must obtain a free permit from the city and show proof of passing the Bow Her Hunter Safety Course in Ohio.
Hunting should be done from groves that are at least 8 feet above the ground. This will always fire the arrow downwards. Only deer can be hunted, gun hunting is prohibited.
Requirements and restrictions, information about harvesting and tagging, and permit applications are available at the police station at 400 N. High St.
Also on Monday, the council again proposed the purchase of the former Cortland Bank building at 194 W. Main Street from Canfield-based Farmers National Bank Corporation for $850,000.
A new, more accurate estimate for the cost of the building’s renovation and construction is expected next week, according to council chairman Kevin Piros. The council plans to discuss the new numbers at its next meeting on November 21st at 7pm.
In another business, a scrap drive to raise funds for Pearl Park’s interactive Safety City raised 9,360 pounds (4.68 tonnes) of scrap, raising $580. Stan contributed an additional $500 and the Cortland Lions Club contributed a total of $1,580 to the project.
This is the second time Northeast Ohio Junk Removal and the Cortland Lions Club have teamed up to host a scrap drive. On a spring drive, his £15,140 scrap worth $1,973 was collected in Safety City.
Safety City will be built on Pearl Park’s basketball court and will include miniature buildings, street signs and painted roads. It serves as both a playground and a learning tool where police, fire, EMS, schools and community groups can host events and teach children about safety.
Stan said he plans to make Scrap Drive a biannual event, with the next one in the spring.