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Deer Management, Solar Panels Before Town and Country Aldermen Monday

Town and Country aldermen will discuss funding for this winter's deer management and sharpshooting plan, solar panel guidelines for residents and the 2013 budget Monday night. View full agenda here.

Town and Country aldermen are set to discuss authorizing the agreement and funding for the city's 2012-2013 deer management plan Monday night. A vote could come at the Nov. 12 board of aldermen meeting.

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As previously reported by Patch, As in years past, the culling will begin in December.

The city's plan would reduce the population of deer from 660 to 300, or 30 per square mile. The two year projected cost was $161,500, for sharpshooting by White Buffalo and Share the Harvest processing of the deer meat. This year, the appropriation of funds would be for $57,250 for those services. Additional costs include a distance sampling report to estimate the deer population. 

Last winter 288 deer were shot. This winter, to maintain the population of 300 deer, the number of of deer to be taken was initially estimated to be approximately 50. However, Captain Gary Hoelzer, who studied and helped create the deer management plan, said the actual number of deer to be killed this year will be determined after analysis of the current deer situation, including the number of suspected deer versus car accidents this year in Town and Country.

Solar Panels

A vote could also come Monday night on a proposed solar panel ordinance for the City of Town and Country.

As previously reported by Patch, the City of Town and Country is considering an ordinance that would put guidelines in place for residents who want to install solar energy systems.  

The planning and zoning commission worked closely with Town and Country Planning Director Sharon Rothmel, to develop the proposed ordinance to give residents some direction of what is permitted so they have guidelines to follow in the future. 

The proposed plan would allow resident's to install two types of solar panels, roof mounted and ground, but the city prefers the roof mounted. It also requires homeowners to obtain a conditional use permit to install the panels and that's where some residents and homeowners see a problem.

See agenda and supporting documents above for complete details. 

Check back to Town and Country - Manchester Patch Tuesday for any updates. 

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