continued “But we will be dealing with it case by case,” he said. “We don’t want someone who’s doing a nice job and taking care of these animals, to say to them they have to get rid of them.”
Greene said the process of citing pet-owners and seizing animals can be started by himself, a police officer or the animal control officer. For animal control officer tasks, the village currently contracts with the Town of Manlius, which contracts with the Town of DeWitt.
Chickens in the village?
At Monday’s meeting, Code Enforcement Officer Greene said the village had two rooster complaints earlier in the year. That issue was resolved under the village’s noise ordinance.
Greene said upon his return to the South Street home of a resident he had cited for excessive noise, caused by a rooster crowing, he found that the rooster was back on the property.
“Not only did they have a rooster come back, they had at least seven ducks, seven or eight chickens and some other animals,” he said.
“This is not a farm community,” he added. “If someone wants to get into farming, this is not the place to do it. If you want to raise a couple chickens, a couple ducks, come to the board, that’s fine.”
Some people in attendance showed concern over any consideration to allow village residents to keep animals viewed traditionally as farm animals in their homes.
Alice Craw, of South Street, said she knew a woman who planned to petition the board to have chickens on her property, at which point Grant Jackson, of Beech Street, said: “I think I might petition the village to have chickens as well, at some point, just a few. Their eggs are so delicious.”
“No,” Craw responded, and joked: “Go get a farm.”
While the conversation was light in tone, Jackson, a horticulture professor at SUNY Morrisville, was not kidding around.
“There’s a lot of chicken farmers out there [in Morrisville] that I get eggs from, so I guess I’m biased,” he said. “But also I’ve seen it done in an urban situation.”
While roosters are clearly a nuisance in a residential area, hens are a different story, Jackson said.
“Hens are low impact, and if they’re kept in the right conditions, they can have minimal impact on your neighbors,” he said.