Walkerville residents can still weigh in on a proposal to include the town in a no-shooting zone that now covers urban Butte and some outlying areas.

The Walkerville Town Council recently voted unanimously to be included in the zone, something that also needs a nod from Butte-Silver Bow’s commissioners.

But Walkerville Mayor John Ries said when a Butte council committee took up the measure recently, he learned that some Walkerville residents were unhappy with the proposal.

“They said they didn’t get a chance to speak about it,” Ries said Thursday.

Whether for or against, they will get a chance when the Town Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Town Hall at 40 E. Daly St. in Walkerville.

Ries said previously that residents have had deer shot on their property and that some are worried about the shooting. One bullet struck the house of Mark Neary, Butte-Silver Bow’s public works director, but nobody was hurt.

Ries said he understood the other side too, from people who bought property with a few acres or more who want to raise animals and shoot their guns.

Sheriff Ed Lester has said he’s OK with adding Walkerville to the no-shoot zone given new houses in the area.

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Government and politics reporter

Mike Smith is a reporter at the Montana Standard with an emphasis on government and politics.

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