WINNSBORO — Winnsboro Town Manager Don Wood proposed a draft of an ordinance for nuisance animals to strengthen the ordinance following the expressed concerns of some residents on Evans Street in Winnsboro.
The ordinance, read at the March 17 meeting of Winnsboro Town Council, identifies any animal within town limits that is unrestrained, a persistent noise maker, odor causer, etc., as a public nuisance and subject to being impounded and an issuance of a misdemeanor citation to the owner.
After a woman in the crowd spoke up, Mayor Roger Gaddy allowed the woman, who asked not to be identified, to take the podium, citing executive privilege.
The woman presented the source of her complaint by playing a recording of roosters crowing.
“We’ve had to tolerate and complain about chickens in our neighborhood for a long time,” she stated. “We encourage you to consider the new ordinance carefully. I’m really tired of getting woken up by roosters.”
The woman told council her sleep is disrupted at 2 a.m., 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. every day.
She also told council that she was there because there is something they can do about the nuisance. She implored council to strengthen the ordinance.
“Chickens and ducks make noise all day long and run around loose in their yard and ours,” she noted. “The town is not country.”
The woman also noted that she wanted to support the town hiring code enforcement officers to help with these type of situations.
Gaddy said council will have first reading of the ordinance at the next regular meeting on April 1. To pass the ordinance, council would have to have a second reading along with a public hearing.
In other business, Councilman Stan Klaus made a motion to contribute $2,000 to the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce for facilitating the Ag and Art Tour. Klaus noted that both Fairfield County and Ridgeway were contributing as well. The motion was approved unanimously.