O'Fallon City Council member Jim Pepper has asked the council to take another look at a new city ordinance about park regulations.
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The new bill technically addresses the leash law. But regulations about hobby metal detecting raised the ire of some O'Fallon Patch readers, especially when they heard that the "treasure hunters" would be required to turn over their finds to the city.
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But it wasn't just the local reaction that caused Pepper to ask for a vote to reconsider the ordinance. Pepper said he got emails from all over the country about the regulations.
"How we are perceived by those outside the community affects people visiting O'Fallon, people moving to O'Fallon and people who want to open businesses in O'Fallon," he said.
According to city code:
. . . any member who voted with the majority may move for reconsideration of the matter at the same or the next succeeding meeting . . . A motion to reconsider an ordinance or resolution shall require the same number of votes for passage as is required to adopt an ordinance or resolution.
Among the revisions Pepper is suggesting are having the parks department create a permitting process for metal detecting, defining non-artifact items and allowing for items to be returned to the finder if the Historic Preservation Commission deems them not historically significant.
What do you think? Should the O'Fallon City Council revisit this issue? Why or why not?