2018-09-06 / Community

Bad Axe council addresses downtown deer nuisance; asks public for input on next improvement project

By Ben Muir

BAD AXE - City officials are looking into wildlife population control after a Bad Axe resident spoke to the city council two weeks ago about a deer nuisance in city limits.

The city manager, Dale VanDeVusse, said he and the police chief, David Rothe, met with officials from the Department of Natural Resources to discuss options circling around controlling the population of deer in city limits.

Councilman Eric Goebel said his neighbor feeds the deer.

“I don’t think they’d be downtown,” Goebel said, “if the people on main street wouldn’t feed them.”

VanDeVusse referenced new legislation that goes into effect Jan. 31, 2019 and bans recreational baiting in Michigan.

“So that will help a lot,” he said. “When they banned recreational feeding a few years ago, that helped. There were less here in town, reportedly.”

In other news, Councilman Nick Rochefort is asking the public for help choosing a project for the city to pursue next year.

This fall, the city is set to apply for a grant that would pay for a splash pad just south of the Bad Axe City Park. There’s also a walking path under construction in the same area, which is in its first phase. Looking ahead, Rochefort said he would like to next apply for a grant that would pay for phase two of the walking path project -- but he still wants to understand the public’s opinion and priorities.

Chief Rothe was congratulated at the city council meeting as well, after having completed a second instructor recertification of ALICE -- Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate -- which is a training solution that prepares an organization for survival during a violent intruder event.

The council also approved the purchase of a computer quoted at $650, four office chairs from Thumb Office Supply for about $230 each, and the city bills were approved at $91,688,08.

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