Carey village council talks complaints on neighbor’s chickens

CAREY – One local resident’s brood of chickens is ruffling some feathers of neighbors.

During a Carey Village Council meeting Monday, Mayor Steve Smalley and some council members said there have been complaints about a resident, who Smalley declined to name, who has more than 40 chickens in their backyard. Neighbors have complained about the noise and smell of the fowl.

Smalley said the person originally asked about six chickens and it has morphed to a peep of nearly four dozen birds.

The village has a nuisance ordinance, which could allow it to do something due to the noise and smell complaints.

Council agreed to table the chicken discussion until the next regular council meeting July 21.

Council set a special meeting June 30 to vote on a replacement for councilman John Green, who resigned May 31. There were some potential candidates at Monday’s meeting, but other residents interested in the seat can contact the village office for more information.

Council approved an ordinance to enter in a loan with AMP for the balance of the new electrical project that includes a new substation, rebuilding of a pole line and partial voltage conversion. Smalley said the village was approved for the $1.5 million grant to help fund the project and the remainder will come from AMP on a low-interest loan.

The village also agreed to a letter of interest for solar project with Solar Planet. The project calls for six acres of land and should generate around 350 kilowatts per acre. The letter allows the company to do some pre-construction work, including site survey and panel placement layout. The two megawatt project is to provide the village with power at seven cents a kilowatt hour for the first 15 years of the agreement, and nine cents or the 12-month rolling average for the remainder of the 25-year contract.

Water lines will be installed later this week in preparation for the new school. The approximately $19,000 project is to complete the loop from Glenn Avenue to Memorial Park Drive and is to eliminate two dead ends in the distribution system.

The village is to close North Patterson Street for the week of July 14 for repair and raising of both railroad tracks. The rails are to be raised 4-6 inches and new asphalt will be laid in between.

Mosquito spraying has begun and continues Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. June 30 for the election of a new council member. The next regular council meeting is at 7 p.m. July 21.