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Village Board Approves Vote In Favor of Small Animal Law Allowing Chickens

By Jennifer Weber

The Village of Springville held their regular board meeting on Tuesday, Jan 16 at 7 p.m. at 65 Franklin Street and opened with a public hearing on proposed Local Law 1-2018- Revisions to Chapter 60-Animals.

Several members of the community spoke in favor of the revisions, with a few suggesting revisions under the section regarding licensing to only owner-occupied properties, the minimum allowed size of the run area and location of the coops and composting requirements.

Board members discussed the delicate need to balance and represent the home and property owners’ rights and those of the individual neighbors in regards to allowing chickens. The board agreed that the Village is concerned with providing a framework for the residents to live together and be neighborly and create a true compromise to help the Village move forward with the issue for the future and thanked everyone for all their hard work on this issue over the years to get to this point.

The board voted in favor of the proposed revised law as presented with no changes, with one board member, Nils Wikman voting against the law stating “I believe one person on the board should represent the 300 people in the community who are against having chickens in the Village.”

In other news, the board approved Marc Genter and Jeremy Raynor as members of the Zoning board.

The general election of the Village of Springville will be held on March 20, 2018, at 65 Franklin Street from 12 – 9 p.m. The offices up for election are Mayor, one term of four years and two Trustee positions, two terms for four years each. Nominating petitions are currently available and must be filed at the Village Office, 5 West Main Street, Springville between Feb. 6, and Feb. 13, during regular business hours.

The next meeting of the Village Board will be held on Monday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at 65 Franklin Street.

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