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Pottstown flubs ‘chicken law’ citation in courtroom | Community Information

Katie Scanlan with her yard chickens in Pottstown.

POTTSTOWN — The borough’s situation from Pottstown’s self-proclaimed “ridiculous rooster woman” fell flat in district court docket on July 13 many thanks to two faults by the code officer who wrote the ticket.

The hottest advancement in the ongoing boondoggle will come as the borough is thinking about a pilot method to permit chickens to be retained in 1 of Pottstown’s 4 group gardens.

Our story begins with Katie Scanlan, who is the only individual in two years cited under the borough’s animal ordinance for trying to keep chickens in her yard.

By what some contemplate to be an unlikely coincidence, she is also the only man or woman who has built a official proposal to council to change the law to enable them.

The citation was dated Feb. 11 but did not get there at her household right until March 6. That was 3 times following Scanlan’s presentation to the council on means yard chickens could be regulated to retain them from remaining a nuisance.

While the good imposed could have been as low as $50, the most fantastic of $500 was picked which, together with $100 in courtroom expenses, had Scanlan hunting at a $600 court docket bill.

But when she showed up in court docket Tuesday to struggle the ticket, it was instead dismissed, she mentioned.

Chicken violation notice

On Feb. 11, times after speaking to the borough about ways to make preserving chickens lawful, Katie Scanlan was issued a violation recognize and fined $500. She is the only person to be so cited in the last two a long time.

1st, the name the licensing and inspections officer wrote on the ticket was not Katie Scanlan, but Katie Eames, a title she has not held for the very last 7 several years, although it is probably the name on home information, she claimed.

Just about as basic as getting the defendant’s identify appropriate, was the need to have to get the judicial district right.

But alas, the ticket was improper in that respect as effectively.

The issue belonged in the court of District Decide Scott Palladino, but alternatively was filed in the courtroom of Ed Kropp, and so it was dismissed, Scanlan mentioned.

It stays to be noticed if the borough will refile the quotation underneath the proper name in the correct district and commence the system all more than once again.

Her efforts seeking to interact with the borough governing administration to outcome what she sees as a favourable transform has soured Scanlan’s impulse to lend a hand and assist out at borough corridor.

Scanlan is currently a volunteer with the borough’s Environmental Advisory Board.

For a selection of explanations, such as getting hen-pecked by the borough around a number of chickens  — a measure she sees as the borough leveraging its authority punitively towards a citizen trying to get a law adjusted through the right channels —  Scanlan now believes most likely her time is improved put in somewhere else. 

Her efforts, on the other hand, may not have been entirely in vain, at least for those people who are ready to walk a bit for new eggs.

Throughout the July 7 do the job session First Ward Councilman Ryan Procsal, who heads council’s ordinance evaluate committee, mentioned in passing that a “consensus” has been arrived at on how to transfer ahead on the rooster concern.

Although not still officially introduced to council, or adopted, Procsal stated July 14 the consensus is to choose up the suggestion of letting a “pilot chicken application.”

The consensus is also to consider up Mosaic Land Trust’s Local community Gardens Director Daniel Value on his present to function that pilot application in one particular of the group’s neighborhood gardens, 3 of which are positioned in the most densely populated section of the borough with the smallest parcels.

Just one is also situated at Barth Elementary Faculty, in just going for walks length of the Vibrant Hope community housing local community.

That pilot suggestion was initial made at the April 21 assembly of the committee at which customers reviewed modifications to the present “farm animal” ordinance recommended by the Montgomery County Arranging Fee.

The answer proffered by the county planners was a strategy made use of in other communities, such as Phoenixville, to limit backyard chickens to parcels huge sufficient to accommodate them with no building a nuisance for the neighbors.

Pottstown chicken map

This investigation by Montgomery County Planner Danielle Baer reveals, in red, the homes in which yard chickens would be permitted in the borough underneath the proposal she manufactured.

Under the model offered in April by county planner Danielle Baer, a residential residence in Pottstown would have to be at least a 3rd of an acre in measurement for chickens to be allowed.

That’s only 217 of the borough’s 6,646 residential qualities, she confirmed.

The Pottstown proposal would have been a lot more restrictive than the county design by cutting down the range of chickens allowed per acre escalating the property line setbacks required and requiring that the coop supply a least of 10 square feet for each rooster, as a substitute of the three sq. ft outlined in the county product.

That proposal is at this time on hold, presumably, whilst particulars of the pilot application are worked out.

“Hopefully, that will be satisfactory to both workforce hen and crew no-chickens,” Procsal explained.

This post to start with appeared as a publish in The Digital Notebook web site.