Butch Holcombe, publisher of American Digger magazine, sent me an email yesterday to alert me to a problem area, and I wanted to share it right away….
The city of O’Fallon, Missouri (just west of St. Louis), has decided it wants to prohibit metal detecting, but at the same time wants a piece of the action. Yep, don’t laugh. If you are able to find a spot to detect in O’Fallon, you are obliged to turn over anything you find to the city.
In case you think I am kidding, read all about it…
I am a little curious what they mean when they list “archaeological sites”? Are they talking about already designated sites, and if not, who determines what falls into that category? Likewise the other “off limits” areas are subject to interpretation, and were obviously drawn up with a “broad brush”.
I am aware that this problem area was forwarded to the Task Force and the FMDAC, and here’s hoping someone jumps on it quickly! It’s absolutely ridiculous!
In the meantime if you care to share your thoughts with the city, I would suggest you contact the mayor, Bill Hennessy. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you are writing, send your letter to 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, MO 63366. You can also try contacting him at 636-240-2000 (the city’s main line).
It’s important to stress that IF you do respond please be courteous, and not confrontational. Angry emails or letters merely set us back, and do absolutely nothing to help our cause.
Just heard from Carter Pennington/Task Force president. He has made contact with the O’Fallon mayor, and things are looking more promising. Go to their website for more information…