Town clears final hurdle on nuisance animals ordinance

By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

April 23, 2014

WINNSBORO — The Town of Winnsboro made the final hurdle in declaring nuisance animals to be illegal within town limits.

After a public hearing, Town Council recently unanimously approved the second reading to append section 90.05 of ordinance 041514A.

Complaints spewing from Evans Street in Winnsboro have cited roosters crowing as well as numerous ducks and chickens wandering off the owner’s property.

Resident Sarah Bryant showed council photographs of ducks wondering onto neighbor’s property and noted that there is no structure on the owner’s property to keep the animals fenced in.

“I’ve talked to residents in my neighborhood and they support this ordinance,” she told council during the public comment portion of the April 15 meeting. “Not only do these animals not need to be in the city, but they do not seem to be sufficiently cared for like they’re supposed to be.”

Bryant informed council that the roosters are still crowing and she believes there are more roosters on the property than before.

Section 90.05 of Ordinance 041514A states that any fowl, bird, dog, cat or other animal which shall by sound (i.e. frequent or long continued noise), odor or sight shall affect the comfort, peace, quiet or health of the people is hereby declared to be a public nuisance. It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep, possess or maintain an animal in such a manner as to constitute a public nuisance.

Council entered executive session to discuss contractual matters regarding the hiring of a code enforcement officer, but did not make any motions after coming back into regular session.

The town acknowledged that it is in negotiations with Fairfield County to sub-contract an officer to handle the town’s code enforcement.

Mayor Roger Gaddy said the second reading of the property maintenance code was postponed until the town received more information from the county about their level of interest to provide a code enforcement officer.