I’m intrigued by a dilemma Radford city leaders are facing. At issue is who should get priorty use on a tract of 250 acres in Montgomery County that the city owns.
The short of it is the city has long permitted hunting on the property by special permit. Recently some bikers helped build about 6 miles of trails. Bikers surprised to find out that hunting is allowed during all open seasons, not just the two-week general firearms deer season, as they assumed, recently asked the city council to change its policy and allow hunting only those two weeks. The council is waiting to decide what to do, and will hear public comments at a meeting in October.
As I wrote in my Sunday column, I’m confident a reasonable compromise can come out of this. No one will have to give up much.
Apparently, others aren’t so confident. Our lead editorial today discussed the same topic, and the writer/writers are much more pessimistic.
Maybe I’m a hopeless optimist. I know there’s no perfect solution. But I have full confidence the hunters, hikers, bikers and Radford City leaders will prove me right and come up with a good solution.