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Permits granted to Blasdell resident for chickens

The request of a Blasdell family to receive a permit to allow their raising and housing of chickens at their Lake Avenue residence has officially been granted by the village board.

The decision came from the board during last Wednesday’s (May 15) meeting in a vote of 3-2 approval, with Blasdell Mayor Michael Petrie, Deputy Mayor Lou McDonald and Trustee Kathy Seufert King casting “Yes” votes, while trustees Matt Chandler and Rob Hefner voted against the measure. The permit issuance was described as being “non-precedent setting,” while being valid until Nov. 15. Laura Errington had stated her family’s desire to raise and house six hens at a pair of recent meetings, while describing an outlined plan that includes construction of a raised coop as well as waste disposal and other related items. Village officials had listed fecal waste removal and the possible attraction of rodents, to go along with the consideration of the Erringtons’ neighbors on Lake Avenue, as primary concerns in the matter.

Errington had stated her family’s open-door policy with those living in proximity to the Errington’s residence, adding that she and her husband, Chris, had sought out neighbors to explain the hypothetical situation of housing chickens. Present at the meeting last Wednesday, Errington expressed satisfaction with the village board’s decision to issue the permit, per Chapter 86, Section 1 of the Village of Blasdell Code.

The decision comes with some hesitation from Chandler, he says, not from the Erringtons housing the hens and the enjoyment it would bring their family and young children. The problem, the trustee stated, comes with the decision’s premise of setting a certain environmental standard.

“It was clear to the board that the (Errington) family had done their homework and we all agreed they will likely be very responsible chicken growers,” said Chandler. “I voted ‘no’ not because of a concern with this specific request, but with the precedent it sets. This vote opens the door to what I see taking us in the opposite direction of where we want to see the village (head) to. The (code) rule is in place for a reason, and as we work to attract new businesses and new families to Blasdell by investing in the village, I think allowing farm animals to be kept sets that effort back.”

In another matter last Wednesday, village officials noted the soon-to-be-coming change to garbage and recycling pickup. As of June 1 for recycling, 65-gallon wheeled totes will be given through Modern Disposal to each developed property parcel in Blasdell, with the units apportioned into designated “A” and “B” south sections of the village. Modern Disposal will pick up the totes every two weeks, with residents being given recycling instructions that are listed on each unit.

Previously, Blasdell residents had used blue recycling boxes that were collected weekly. Although those living in the village can still use these smaller boxes for their own purposes, although these units will no longer be collected. The new totes are described as having a much larger capacity in holding more items, with the number of receptacles expanded as being accepted.

Also, starting June 3, garbage day in the village will change to taking place on Mondays.

Other meeting items included:

• “Little Library” kiosk units described as being slated for installation within the village by the end of May.

• The village board appointing as summer recreational personnel the individuals Lisa Arnst, Nathan Clark, Nicholas Farley, Angela Ferrentino, Jesse Harrison, Taylor Horton, Dominique Kempf, Carissa Kicinski, Kenzie Kondol, Matthew Kryszak, Nicholas Margerum, Lorraine Parks, Alexandria Salansky and Alexander Wood.

• The Village Board appointing Alex Zwack to the position of summer laborer and adding Robert Reilly to the rolls of the Blasdell Volunteer Fire Department.

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