County to avoid en­ter­ing chicken fight

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— De­spite vo­cal calls from con­cerned cit­i­zens op­pos­ing a planned chicken farm in the Zion area, county of­fi­cials do not ap­pear poised to in­ter­vene in the project, which is cur­rently prop­erly zoned and per­mit­ted.

Of­fi­cials from Per­due Foods de­fended their com­pany stan­dards for chicken rais­ing op­er­a­tions Tues­day in a meet­ing with the Ce­cil County Coun­cil in the wake of long dis­cus­sions with neigh­bor­ing res­i­dents to four new chicken houses off Eng­land Cream­ery Road at meet­ings last week.

Op­po­nents have brought the is­sue to the at­ten­tion of elected of­fi­cials in re­cent weeks, hop­ing to stop Galen and Crys­tal Horst from con­vert­ing their 220-acre dairy farm into an or­ganic poul­try farm rais­ing chick­ens for Per­due, based on health con­cerns and po­ten­tial loss of prop­erty val­ues.

De­spite in­creas­ing pres­sure from op­po­nents, county of­fi­cials con­tinue to weigh their op­tions.

“At this point, we are not con­sid­er­ing any changes,” County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore said Thurs­day, not­ing that this process is un­der­way and any ac­tion

ELK­TON

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