Civitan Park may add archery range

BELPRE – Belpre City Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee and city officials will look into allowing the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to place an archery range in the Civitan Park area after representatives spoke during the Monday night meeting.

Eric Bear and Dean Sinclair with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources told council the positive points to allowing an archery range in the city.

“Bow hunting and archery is huge in Washington County and we are working with many area schools,” said Bear, a wildlife officer. “We will begin working with Belpre schools soon.”

Mayor Mike Lorentz said the proposed range would be placed in an area of the park near the radio control car race track and the sewage treatment plant.

“I really believe it will be an added function for the kids and community,” Lorentz said.

Sinclair said the ranges in Veto and Buckeye Park in Marietta are always busy and without issues and problems in the several years of existence for the two areas.

“These guys police themselves,” Sinclair said. “The avid users will contact the proper authorities because they respect the range and the sport.”

Larry Martin with council’s Parks and Recreation Committee announced a meeting to discuss this issue at 7 p.m. March 25.

In other business:

* Council’s Streets, Sidewalks and Storm Sewers Committee discussed changing the city’s ordinance pertaining to abandoned vehicles on city property in a meeting before the council meeting.

Martin said the ordinance allows residents to keep inoperable vehicles on public property for years without proper registration and he would like to see it changed.

“If you’re going to have cars that you aren’t going to license for a while, you need to keep them in a garage,” he said. “As long as the vehicle license is up-to-date, it may be kept; this ordinance is only for unlicensed vehicles.”

Council president Will Neff suggested council ask city law director Tom Webster if council can pass legislation to retroactively deal with vehicles which have been left on public property for years.

Committee chair Debbie Marshall said she and the committee will look at the issue further and speak to Webster to see what can be done before they come back to council.

* Council passed the second reading of a resolution to allow the Washington/Morgan Community Action to help the city participate in the Community Housing Improvement Project (CHIP) program.

The funds provide for housing rehabilitation and repair services to homes within the city.