The Pierce County Council approved a resolution stating its intention to remove all day and hour restrictions for discharging firearms on 285 acres — or eight parcels — of land known as the “Mountain View Dairy” in the unincorporated Grahama-Kapowsin area.
Getting rid of no-shoot restrictions is meant to help manage elk herds and deal with waterfowl issues that could negatively impact the dairy in the future.
“Maybe we need to look at the code to see if we can work that out a little better because it seems like we shouldn’t have to go through this every time for every property that is both rural in character but also is now a farm that we need to protect,” Council Chair Derek Young said at the Sept. 20 regular meeting.
The council passed the resolution, 6-0.
A subsequent ordinance must be approved no sooner than 30 days from the resolution’s effective date to remove the shooting restrictions.
• The council ratified a collective bargaining agreement between the county and the Teamsters Local Union No. 117 General Unit and Pierce County Sheriff Unit.
Per the agreement, there is a 2.9 percent wage increase retroactive to Jan. 10 of this year. Starting on Jan. 8, 2023, employees will get a general wage increase equal to 90 percent of the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increase reported in July 2022, but not less than 2 percent nor greater than 4 percent.
• The council passed a resolution reappointing Sharon Rice as Pierce County deputy hearing examiner.
• The council passed a resolution designating Sept. 25 through Oct. 1 as “Childhood Cancer Awareness Week” in Pierce County.
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