MANCHESTER - The hunting of rabbits and small game -- now outlawed on town property -- could be allowed on about 172 acres of town-owned land this fall.
A request from residents to hunt the newly acquired spray-irrigation farmlands southeast of Manchester will be considered by the Town Council during its regular meeting Wednesday night.
Hunting is not allowed within town limits. In fact, the council three years ago turned down a hunting request.
The 172 acres of land -- actually three tracts southeast of the town's Beaver Street sewage treatment plant -- were purchased by the town for about $833,000. The acquisition is part of the town's $10.1 million sewage treatment plant expansion project.
Mayor Elmer C. Lippy last week said he was not totally against allowing hunting on the town-owned land, but said that the council will have to make a decision on the issue.
In other business Wednesday night, the council is expected to: * Inaugurate new town councilman John A. Riley, the Hampstead manager who is filling the unexpired term of Diane D. Maddox. Maddox, who resigned last month because she moved to Howard County, would have been up for re-election in May.
* Pass an ordinance increasing the amount of water a developer has to provide by nearly 50 percent. The new ordinance would require anyone building more than one home to provide 375 gallons of water per house per day, up from the current 250 gallons per house per day. The increase is needed, town officials say, to insure an adequate water supply in all new developments.