Waterloo council to consider firearm exception at airport – Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

WATERLOO | The Waterloo Regional Airport is seeking permission to shoot wildlife near runways.

City Council members Monday are scheduled to consider an ordinance change allowing airport personnel to discharge firearms for wildlife management.

Current city ordinances ban the discharge of firearms in city limits unless they fall under certain exemptions, including police officers in the line of duty or shooting ranges.

Mike Wilson, the airport’s director, said the airport is required under its wildlife hazard management plan to take steps to keep deer, geese and other animals away from potential conflicts with aircraft.

Airport staff use “bird bangers” and propane cannons to make noise now. But Wilson said the critters eventually get wise to those tactics.

“We have to mix lethal and non-lethal means to get the wildlife to leave the airport,” he said. “We’ll always try non-lethal first.

“This is not just going out hunting,” he added. “This is very limited.”

Other scheduled council business includes:

  • A development agreement for a 7,500 square foot, $220,000 expansion at American Pattern, 2005 Westfield Ave. The city would provide up to $40,000 to relocate a sewer line necessary for the project to move forward.
  • Approval of Main Street Waterloo’s transfer of ownership of the building at 212-214 E. Fourth St., to C. Doyle Properties, which currently leases the upper floor and owns the adjacent building.

City Planner Aric Schroeder noted a 1999 development agreement on the former Osco Building called for C. Doyle Properties to make the mortgage payments on the building through its rent with the option to take over the building and assume any remaining mortgage balance for $1 after 15 years.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers on the second floor of City Hall.

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