The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

September 14, 2013

Badin hears concerns on hunting

By Jason O'Boyd, Staff Writer

Saturday, September 14, 2013 — The most talked-about item at Tuesday’s Badin town council meeting was not even on the agenda.

Dr. Doug Long, a resident in Badin, spoke with the members of the council about an issue he is having with hunters trespassing on his property, particularly his backyard. He and the council spent a little more than 20 minutes discussing the problem, how it got that way, what had been done in the past and what Long would like to see done now.

Long brought up town ordinance 98-2, which prohibits “discharging of firearms, air rifles, BB guns, crossbows, air pistols, blow guns, bow and arrows, slingshots or other devices” within the town limits.

He told the board how certain hunters, whom he didn’t mention by name, were hunting near Badin Inn Golf Club, which has property next to Long. He talked about hunters driving in his backyard and going across the golf course to hunt.

He told the board the situation happened last year and that actions were taken by both Badin police and local wildlife authorities. He also noted although the hunters said they had written permission to hunt on the area lands, none of the neighbors Long spoke with had given the hunters permission.

He said he has called Badin police several times about the issue and brought it up again after hunters began doing the same thing last Saturday, the first day of bowhunting season for deer.

Badin Police Chief Bryan Lambert said actions could be taken without the use of no trespassing signs to arrest if hunters are caught. The incident will be investigated further since, in almost all cases, the hunters are gone before actions can be taken.

After the meeting was called to order, it was a relatively light night for items on the agenda. Among other issues covered:

n With the remains of the house at 64 Willow St. torn down and removed, two topics came up about the remaining property. There has been talk of a new building constructed there, and the driveway was damaged.

Dave’s Grading & Hauling of Salisbury removed the property and would be contacted about steps to repair the driveway. Other code enforcement issues are either closed, being resolved or are heading that way, Town Manager Jay Almond said.

n Lambert said there were 2,747 calls last month with more break-ins and larcenies than usual reported. He said three recent arrests have led to those issues ending. He also spoke about a registered sex offender, Titus Timothy McClendon, 34, approaching children at a bus stop. He has been arrested and is awaiting further legal action.

n Public Works/Property Maintenance supervisor Wayne Carter reported 16 loads of brush were collected last month. That included 4-5 loads collected after recent work to the park. A dead tree that had been struck by lightning had been removed. He also said the next brush pickup would be Oct. 1 and the town’s next cleanup would be Oct. 14-17.

n Almond encouraged people to visit badin100. com and noted the 19th Best of Badin Festival would be Sept. 20-21, starting at 3 p.m. Sept. 20 and 9 a.m. Sept. 21. New attractions for the centennial year include the All-American Lumberjacks in three separate shows, centennial Best Beard and Best Costume contests with cash prizes, the annual conference of the North Carolina Archaeological Society, the Ancient Carolinians exhibit featuring Native American Indian cultures from the Badin area and Hardaway artifacts and much more.

To submit story ideas, contact Jason O. Boyd at (704) 982-2121 ext. 21 or email at jason@stanly