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Horse issue needs study

June 6, 2012
The Journal

The New Ulm City Council made a good decision on Tuesday with regard to Chammy, the horse on Payne Street that has been the cause of so much discussion in town.

The city suspended the eviction notice on Chammy while it prepares an ordinance revision to cover the subject of the horse and how to handle similar situations.

In the past the city had an ordinance that prohibited keeping farm animals in town, but the city turned a blind eye to horses that have been kept at Dr. Charles Hintz's residence, until complaints about manure and fences forced the city to confront it. And the city found it has nothing in the ordinance to allow it to grant latitude.

So, now is the time to consider the question of keeping farm animals in town. Should the city officially grandfather in Chammy, and only Chammy? What conditions should apply? What if someone else wants to keep a horse, or goats, or chickens?

We're glad that Chammy, it appears, will stay put for now, and that conditions that have disturbed the neighor are being addressed.



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