Saturday, January 28, 2012

Culling Delayed, expected Feb 1st

Solon deer culling could begin before Feb. 1

SOLON - Although the city’s reactivated deer culling program had not gotten underway yet, the manager of the program said earlier this week he expected sharpshooting could begin before Feb. 1.

“Right now, that’s depending on the weather conditions,” said David Hromco, manager of the city’s program. “The program does work a little better when there’s snow, as long as there’s not too much.”

Wind conditions are also a factor in getting the program off the ground, said Hromco, who set up the initial program using sharpshooters from a private contractor beginning in 2004 and continuing through 2009.

See full story in the Solon Sun

Feb Update:

Deer culling efforts began in Solon this week and are expected to continue into March.

The shooters are using different rifles than in past efforts, and that the gunshots are louder. It's possible that residents will hear gunshots.

He said that any residents with concerns can call the city's Public Works line at 440-337-1340.

NOTE: Typically you should call the police if you hear gunshots. You may want to do that if you hear shots from an area not listed as a kill site. We'd also be very interested if you discover a new kill site, please let us know at .

See full story in the Solon Patch

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Killing to Start Jan 23rd

This post will show news items related to the start of killing...

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Deer Culling to Begin Soon in Solon

Sharpshooters with the U.S. Department of Agriculture are preparing sites for shooting and could begin on Jan. 23.
See the article in the Patch here.

Poll: Do You Feel Safe With Deer Culling in Solon?

Take the Patch 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.

Check back for more news stories this week

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sharing Costs?

Another parody of the city's deer culling activity

5058.1. Asking neighboring cities to help pay for culling...
by solonjoe3, 01/17/12 10:30 AM
Re: Serious response regarding Deer Killing... by bystander75, 01/17/12 10:30 AM

Mayor Drucker: Maria, can you get me the mayor of Bentleyville on the line?

Maria: Bentleyville?

Mayor Drucker: Yeah, it’s a city north of us, remember.

Maria: oh, ok.

[Five minutes pass]

Mayor Drucker: Maria, how’s that call coming?

Maria: Sally hid the phone books so I’m looking it up on one of the internets.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Deer coordination teleconference?

A parody of the city's deer culling activity

5056. Deer coordination teleconference?
by solonjoe3, 01/16/12 1:21 PM

Phone system: Stolarsky has joined the conference.

Russo: Ok, let’s get started. It’s already past the time.

Phone system: Stolarsky has left the conference.

Russo: He’ll have to catch up. Let’s start by looking at the maps for Ward I. You should have a ward one map on the screen.

Meany: I don’t see a map.

Russo: What do you see?

Meany: Wait it second…. I think it’s asking me if I want to let Cisco meeting center software run my computer. What should I do?

Russo: Click “yes.” Ok, we’ll continue on. You can see on the map that we have 8 culling sites in ward 1.

Phone system: Stolarsky has joined the conference.

Russo: We don’t quite have the coverage we’d like in the eastern side of the ward but….

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Stanek Retires, Hromco will return to manage deer culling

Public Works Commissioner Jim Stanek Retires Suddenly

Stanek, who oversaw a number of departments and was with the city for more than three decades, retired suddenly earlier this month.

Kraus said Mayor Susan Drucker will have an important decision to make in replacing Stanek, who oversaw the service, engineering and water reclaimation departments.

Stanek was also the city's leader in handling its deer culling project. Kraus said finding the right person to manage that task will be important.

See Solon Patch article here.

Solon's Public Works Director resigns; Dave Hromco returns for deer culling program

Following the abrupt retirement of Public Works Commissioner Jim Stanek, city officials plan to appoint his retired assistant, David Hromco, to oversee the deer management program that will be reactivated this year.

Hromco was instrumental in devising the city's original deer culling plan in 2004-05, when a private contractor, White Buffalo Inc. was employed until the end of 2009, when the program was abandoned.

Formal action is expected at the Tuesday (Jan. 17) City Council meeting.

See Solon Sun article here.


Solon To Pay Temporary Deer Culling Manager As Much As $6,000

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.
See Solon Patch article here.

Mayor: David Hromco Right Man for Deer Culling Manager

In the wake of Jim Stanek's retirement, the city will bring retired employee David Hromco back to manage the deer culling program.

See Solon Patch article here.