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Blasdell resident seeks permission to raise chickens

An infrequent request brought to the Blasdell Village Board at last Wednesday’s (April 17) meeting, an inquiry that included a resident asking for a permit to raise a handful of chickens at her home on Lake Avenue, was answered by village officials in a manner that seemed to suggest further parameters needed to be analyzed regarding the matter.

During the public comment session of the meeting, Lake Avenue resident Laura Errington brought the request to the Village Board, stating that she and her husband are seeking a permit that would enable the couple to raise about a half-dozen chickens, likely all hens and no roosters. Errington said her husband would construct a coop to house at the residence to house the chickens, which would be raised to lay eggs, with the overall experience being described by Errington as a valuable life lesson for her children to observe.

Errington added that if approved for such a permit, she and her husband would raise and house the chickens until the fall, at which time the hens would be held at another location through next winter season. It was the hope of the Erringtons that they could again next summer raise the chickens.

A hang-up with board approval regarding issuance of a permit to allow raising of chickens seems to center around quality of life issues, such as possible noise or odor emissions, to go along with stated unknown disposal options for produced fecal matter by the fowl as well as wood shavings from the constructed chicken coop. The attraction of rodents to the area was viewed as a possible adverse effect of such a process taking place.

It was stated that Village Board members were thus far split on the issue of allowing a permit, deadlocked at a 2-2 stalemate as of last Wednesday. Village Trustee Matt Chandler was not present at the meeting, meaning the stated tie would not yet be broken. Blasdell Mayor Michael Petrie advised Errington that the matter would be furthered along by the Village Board’s May 1 meeting, also recommending that the Lake Avenue resident get neighbors’ consent to house the chickens.

Petrie added that any permit issued for allowing the measure is revocable if certain parameters of the raising of chickens are not adhered to, particularly the disposing of fecal matter. Errington stated that she and her husband would follow procedural guidelines to the letter of the law. The Lake Avenue resident also said that she had previously planned on meeting with neighbors to discuss the possible raising of chickens, adding however that two foreclosed properties encompass uninhabited homes directly near the Erringtons.’

It was stated that such a permit request being brought to the Village Board is atypical in nature, as no related requests to raise chickens have specifically been noted recently in Blasdell. Petrie said there is so far no guarantee of a “Yes” or “No” answer to Errington’s request, although noting that the May 1 meeting should include a better understanding of the directions taken by the requesting resident as well as the Village Board.

In other meeting action, it was announced that a re-tweaking of the schedule has called for the start of the Blasdell Farmers Market to begin on Wednesday, May 1, running through Oct. 30. The second annual Farmers Market in the village will take place at the parking lot of Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, located at 3785 South Park Ave., and will be held on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. It had been stated that at least nine new vendors, including a florist, will be incorporated into the market, which is sponsored in part by Ilio DiPaolo’s, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, the Blasdell Business Association and the Hamburg Casino.

Other upcoming events in Blasdell include:

* An open house for the village’s volunteer fire department taking place on Sunday, April 28 from noon-4 p.m.

• The annual village-wide cleanup taking place on Saturday, May 4, beginning at Firemen’s Park at 9 a.m., with refreshments provided for participating volunteers.

• The village-wide garage sale occurring on Saturday, May 18, which in addition to the usual featured residences will include use of the parking lot near Village Hall. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and is slated to run most of the day. Interested participants must apply for use permits and can do so through Village Hall by calling 822-1921.

• The village’s annual Memorial Day Parade taking place on Sunday, May 26, with the parade line-up occurring at 12:30 p.m. and step-off taking place at 1 p.m. Included so far in the event are classic cars being featured, to go along with military vehicles and the National Guard Color Guard being on hand.

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