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City OKs ban of feeding wildlife

UNION — The Union City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday night banning the feeding of certain wildlife within the city limits. Several residents came out to voice support for the ordinance prior to the vote.

“I’m here to support the ordinance about not feeding wild critters,” said Union resident Don Baxter.

Baxter cited extensive property damage caused by the deer. 

Residents also voiced concerns about potential hazards brought by the increasing deer population, including the importation of ticks that may have Lyme disease and the increased sighting of predators.

“They are the food for cougars and we’ve already had sighting of cougars in town,” said resident Lee Shoemaker.

The ordinance prohibits feeding deer, raccoon, wild turkey and other potentially habituated wildlife within city limits. Under the new ordinance, violators could face a citation.

In other council news, the city passed an ordinance to increase fees associated with turning water on and off, and for providing delinquent notices for water bills 60 days past due. According to City Administrator Sandra Patterson, the increases will help recoup costs associated with the actual cost of providing those services. 

Under the new fee structure to turn water on or off will cost $16. Daytime emergency shut on or off service will cost $30. The same service after hours will cost $90. A delinquent notice will have a fee of $10.

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