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|Monroe council balks at archery ordinance|
The Monroe City Council shot down an ordinance that would have prohibited the use of bow and arrows in city limits.
Action was taken Tuesday night during the city council's regular meeting.
The proposed ordinance was considered for months. It was up for final adoption Tuesday.
Councilman Jay Marx made the motion not to adopt the proposed ordinance. Council president Robert "Red" Stevens seconded Marx's motion.
Councilman Arthur Gilmore cast the lone vote against Marx's motion, which was passed with support from councilman Eddie Clark.
Councilman Ben Katz did not attend Tuesday's meeting due to an illness.
Marx advised Monroe legal counsel he was open-minded and would review another ordinance that would not strictly prohibit the use of bow and arrows within city limits.
"If the administration can come back with some sort of ordinance that did not totally remove the right to do this and that adds safeguards that protect the neighbors, possibly limit the type of (arrow) head that is on it, then I could be supportive of that," Marx said. "My problem with this was the basic right to be able to shoot this in a person's backyard."
"While there are those who disagree with me, I saw this as no different than shanking a golf ball or hitting a baseball," Marx explained. "That is why I oppose this tonight."
Archery enthusiasts voiced opposition to the proposed ordinance at several city council meetings in the recent past.
The proposed changes were brought before the city council by its legal department after a local resident complained of someone shooting an arrow through the window of a private residence. Archery enthusiasts asked the city council not to outlaw the use of bow and arrows limits after just a few incidents within the city.
The Monroe Police Department recommended the city council adopt the ordinance. Police officials told the council in April the ordinance would help improve public safety.