Town Board to re­sume chicken law dis­cus­sion

A town res­i­dent urges lo­cal reg­u­la­tions to keep chicken coops and runs san­i­tary and odor-free.

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­

Town Board mem­bers ex­pect to re­sume dis­cus­sions on a pro­posed law gov­ern­ing chicken hus­bandry.

At a meet­ing Thurs­day, coun­cil­men were asked by res­i­dent Nora Lo­mas­ney to re­sume con­sid­er­a­tion of the pro­posed reg­u­la­tions.

Lo­mas­ney said too much time has passed since an is­sue in­volv­ing her neigh­bor’s chick­ens was brought to of­fi­cials.

“My son con­tracted a very se­ri­ous ill­ness from chick­ens that were in our yard,” she said. “The last time we ap­proached the board ... was in the spring. Are you com­ing forth on that to make an or­di­nance?”

The board con­ducted a pub­lic hear­ing last month on a pro­posed law that would gov­ern chicken own­er­ship in the R10 and R30 zon­ing dis­tricts. That ses­sion drew com­ment from Lo­mas­ney’s hus­band, David Lo­mas­ney, that it was too re­stric­tive to re­quire chicken owners to pay a per­mit fee.

“I want a reg­u­la­tion that en­sures that neigh­bors keep their coops and runs san­i­tary and free of odors trav­el­ing into neigh­bor­ing yards,” he said. “All I was ask­ing is for no chick­ens in my yard and the pens must be kept so the neigh­bors can­not smell the chick­ens.”

Su­per­vi­sor James Quigley said it was nec­es­sary to al­low a 30-day com­ment pe­riod to lapse be­fore con­sid­er­ing changes to the pro­posed law. He added that the past month has been con­sumed by bud­get prepa­ra­tions.

“We are just over the month and, just so you

know, the (bud­get) doc­u­ment ... has been my sole fo­cus for the last month,” he said. “We have some time now where we’ll be able to get this back on track.” The pro­posed law would: • Set a limit of six hens per prop­erty, with roost­ers prohibited.

• Re­quire chick­ens be kept in a se­cure pen or en­clo­sure, con­structed and main­tained to pre­vent the chick­ens from run­ning at large.

• Limit pens to rear yards and re­quire set­backs of at least 20 feet from prop­erty lines and 30 feet from neigh­bor­ing houses.

• Pro­hibit chicken ma­nure closer than 30 feet to prop­erty lines.

Dur­ing the pub­lic hear­ing, res­i­dent Christa Mont­fort said the pro­posed law would un­rea­son­ably re­strict the of the birds as pets.

“I have been re­spon­si­bly rais­ing chick­ens and a cou­ple tur­keys, rab­bits, ducks for about five years now,” she said. “My yard is clean, my runs are clean, my chick­ens are con­tained, my neigh­bors are happy,” she said.

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