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April 22, 2014

'Chicken Ordinance' returned to BZA unsigned

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A number of residents of rural communities spoke on problems currently realized with personal poultry operations.

“Basically, unless they have previously received an exception, anyone with chickens currently on property located in the rural communities of Sexton, Glenwood, Milroy, Arlington, Manilla and Homer are in violation of county zoning ordinances. Carthage is not affected because they have their own ordinance for the town of Carthage,” county surveyor and interim APC director Marvin Rees said.

Following comments from county residents, the commissioners turned their attention to enforcing the proposed ordinance and those found in violation of its requirements.

If passed as written, once the exception is granted and no violations are reported - every three years the exception is renewed automatically.

“Enforcement of the ordinance is the issue with regard to co-joining neighbors. How do we do this? If you are going to write an ordinance you must have a means of enforcing it. What are the ramifications and fines that can be imposed for violations,” commissioner Bruce Levi said.

Commissioners Mark Bacon and Ken Masters also questioned if APC and BZA members had attached monetary penalties in place in the event of repeated violations.

Rees said that topic had not been discussed other than there is a fine provision in regards to other types of livestock violations in the county’s current livestock ordinance.

Following a lengthy discussion, the county leaders made no decision on the matter and asked that the BZA to revisit the matter at their next meeting (April 29) and return to the commissioners with their decision at a later date.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.

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