On Sept. 28, a special meeting will be held by the Roswell Village Council to discuss an ordinance to ban farm animals. And possibly put the ban into place.
Last month, Roswell Village Council members agreed on an ordinance that will prevent any and all farm animals from being kept inside the village corporation limits.
The population of rural Roswell, Ohio was 219 last year, according to city-data.com.
Minutes from the Aug. 13 council meeting read:
Mayor Mitch Belknap said he felt there should be no exceptions, including those wanting to keep animals for 4-H projects. The ordinance will ban even the smallest of animals, such as chickens, ducks and goats.
According to the Times Reporter, several residents attended a prior council meeting to voice their opinions on the new ordinance.
Cassie Herrington said she and her husband moved from Las Vegas to Roswell for the sake of their kids. “The chickens and the ducks were a way to bring back a childhood upbringing that I wanted for the girls,” she said. “It lets them be kids.”
Duane Winkler commented that his family has a former 4-H rabbit. He stated he never noticed any animals being disruptive in town, and compared the ordinance to “the town taking everyone’s driver’s licenses away because they have one speeder.”
“Why does everyone in town have to give up their animals if they’re taking care of them?” Winkler asked.
Mayor Mitch Belknap has since agreed that residents who already own an animal will be grandfathered in and will not be forced to give them up. But he said controls were needed.
“If we don’t have rules, then you might as well dissolve the town,” Mayor Belknap said.
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