Thursday, January 19, 2012
David Hromco will be paid $40 per hour, up to $6,000 total, to manage the city's deer culling program this winter.
David Hromco, who is returning from retirement temporarily to manage Solon's deer culling this winter, will earn $40 per hour. The contract with Hromco was approved by city council this week. It runs through March 31, and maxes out at 150 hours. So the most Hromco can earn on the job is $6,000. Hromco will also be issued a city cell phone and have access, if needed, to a city vehicle. The city had to bring in Hromco, who managed the deer culling program when he was an assistant public works director before he retired, after Public Works Commissioner Jim Stanek retired at the New Year. Mayor Susan Drucker said she has been able to spread some of the deer management duties to other employees, but they still needed someone to run it. …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Take our poll and tell us how you feel about deer culling in Solon. And then head down to the comments and tell us why you feel the way you do.
Deer culling is set to begin next week in Solon. Solon officials have pledged all along that sharpshooting to cull the deer population, which is beginning soon, will be done in a safe and effecient manner. The city is only using private or off-limits public properties to shoot deer, and adjacent property owners have been notified. Hunters will be shooting from stationary areas and not roaming. Solon Police will provide site security during hunting. Solon officials say they have successfully used sharpshooting methods in the past. But do you feel safe? Take our poll and tell us, and then head down to the comments and tell us exactly why you feel the way you do. We all know this is a controversial and emotional subject. Please respect each …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
In the wake of Jim Stanek's retirement, the city will bring retired employee David Hromco back to manage the deer culling program.
David Hromco will return to city service on a temporary basis to manage Solon's deer culling efforts this winter. With the recent retirement of Public Works Commissioner Jim Stanek, Mayor Susan Drucker asked Hromco to return temporarily and manage the city's deer management plan. Hromco, a former assistant public works director in Solon, retired in 2010. He managed the city's previous deer culling efforts. "He had the most experience with the deer program," Drucker said. Drucker said that since they were in the midst of starting the culling program when Stanek retired, it was "common sense" to bring Hromco in. The Solon City Council will vote tonight to confirm Hromco's temporary appointment. City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Sharpshooters with the U.S. Department of Agriculture are preparing sites for deer culling, which is estimated to begin next week.
Deer culling could begin in Solon next week. Sharpshooters with the U.S. Department of Agriculture are preparing sites for shooting and could begin on Jan. 23. That start date is an estimate and could change depending on USDA officials' assessments of the sites, said Mayor Susan Drucker. The city will pay the USDA $128,000 through the end of March for the agency's services. The culling efforts will take place on private property and city-owned property that is off-limits or closed, such as Grantwood Golf Course and the sewage plant. Drucker said that property owners adjacent to hunting sites have been notified by certified mail. According to the city's deer plan, Hunters will bait deer and shoot from stationary areas; they will not be …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Smokin-T, a meat processing company, said that it will charge Solon $4.99 per 5 pounds of deer meat.
The Solon Safety Committee has selected Smokin-T to process deer meat resulting from culling efforts that will begin this year. City council will consider final approval of the bid at its next meeting, set for Jan. 16 at City Hall. Solon intends to use meat from the killed deer to donate to local hunger shelters. So the city has accepted bids from companies able to process the meat. Smokin-T, the lowest bidder, can do the work for $4.99 per five-pound package. That price would remain through 2013. The other two bidders, Trumbull Locker Plant and Geauga Farms, were nearly two-times as expensive. Solon Public Works Commissioner Jim Stanek and Service Director Tom Bandiera toured Smokin-T's processing plant in late December. They gave the …
Friday, December 30, 2011
The debate over deer culling in Solon consumed nearly the entire year, and was clearly the most hot-button issue at City Hall.
Editor's Note: Between Dec. 27 and New Year's Eve, Solon Patch will count down the top five stories of 2011. We compiled this list in two ways: Feedback from our users and our own editorial judgment. Want to comment on our choices? Head down to the comments section! Top Stories of the Year, No. 2: Deer Culling Debate The debate over deer culling in Solon consumed nearly the entire year, and was clearly the most hot-button issue at City Hall. It began in early January, when city officials proposed a crossbow hunting pilot program as a test to see if it would help control the city's surging deer population. The problem, as city officials saw it, was deer versus car accidents, which would increase as the deer population grew. According to the…
Monday, December 26, 2011
What do you think was the top story in Solon in 2011? Take our poll and tell us!
As 2011 winds to a close, Solon Patch wants to recognize the top stories of the year. To do this, we need your help! Take our poll and tell us what you think the top story of the year in Solon was. We know there were lots of big national and state stories out there -- the fight over Senate Bill 5 comes to mind -- but in this we want to focus on the local events that happened in Solon. On Dec. 27, I'll tally the votes and run down the top five stories of the year, starting with No. 5 on Dec. 27 and finishing with the top story of the year on New Year's Eve.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The safety committee meets at Solon City Hall at 6 p.m. tonight.
The Solon safety committee plans to discuss tonight concerns with the newly built traffic barriers along U.S. 422. City council members are protesting the barriers because they believe they have made the highway more dangerous. The barriers are built only a few feet from the inside lanes, making it impossible for cars to pull off on that side or avoid a collision in front of them. The committee is also set to discuss the city's deer culling efforts, which are now moving forward after an anti-hunting ordinance was defeated by voters earlier this month. Specifically, the committee will discuss bidding out for a contract to process the deer meat harvested from the culling efforts. Solon plans to donate the meet to area hunger shelters. The …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Mayor Susan Drucker said the city will likely conduct deer culling operations early next year.
The hunt is on in Solon. On Tuesday, voters soundly rejected a proposed law to ban deer hunting in town, with about 62 percent of residents voting to reject the hunting ban. Now city officials -- who have been working for months to prepare deer culling efforts in the event the hunting ban was defeated -- are scheduling meetings, securing properties for culling operations and getting ready to begin reducing the deer population. Mayor Susan Drucker said culling operations -- which will be overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- will likely begin early next year. Ward 7 Councilman Bill Russo, the city's chief supporter of culling efforts, said the results show that Solon voters have supported the city's culling efforts. "I think the…
Solon will be able to hunt deer to decrease the population after a law proposing to ban deer killing failed on Election Day.
Solon will be able to hunt deer to reduce the population after voters rejected a proposed ordinance to ban deer hunting. Issue 94, the Solon Deer Preservation Act, was defeated 4,984 to 3,040, with 62 percent voting against a law that would make it a crime to intentionally kill a deer in Solon, according to unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. The act was a resident-led initiative to ban the killing of deer in the city. The ordinance was placed on the ballot after a petition effort by hunting opponents. The law directly conflicts with Solon's plans to reduce the deer population through hunting. Solon officials have argued that Solon's deer population needs to be reduced in order to prevent deer-caused car …