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The Times
  • Middleville considering law for non-domesticated animals

  • The Middleville Village Board of Trustees on Monday discussed chickens that residents say are wandering off and running free onto neighboring properties.

    The residents also complained about a manure type odor coming from the owner’s property.

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  • The Middleville Village Board of Trustees on Monday discussed chickens that residents say are wandering off and running free onto neighboring properties.
    The residents also complained about a manure type odor coming from the owner’s property.
    Codes officer Mike Edward said there is only one local law in the village that pertains to loose animals under the town of Fairfield, but the law only refers to loose dogs.
    “In order for any action to be taken the village would have to create a new local law citing specific references in regards to chickens,” Edward said during the meeting.
    Mayor Craig Fox said he has been researching other local village and town laws that pertain to the specific issue regarding non-domesticated animals.
    “This is something I’m looking further into with the village attorney, but local laws do not happen overnight. This is something that will take some time,” said Fox.
    To help resolve the problem the village agreed to write a letter to the owner of the chickens. The owner will have 30 days to respond after receiving the letter before any village action can be taken.
    In other business, a concerned resident brought up the issue of Corey Hall and previous flooding that damaged the building’s right side. Fox said he is waiting for a response from architects and engineers to announce possible options. Once the options are apparent he said the village will schedule an open meeting for residents to attend. The meeting will feature a presentation by architects with different solutions to fix the problem, said Fox, adding after residents attend the presentation a village-wide vote will be scheduled. He said it will be up to the village to decide what to do regarding the hall. Currently, the right side of the building is condemned.
    •The Middleville Fire Department was invited by the village of Cold Brook to be a part of the village’s Memorial Day parade. The department agreed and will participate in the parade.
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