Aug 01, 2014 — Here in the North Country, we live in communities that are divided up into different zones: Town or village, residential or agricultural. But is a village also part of a town? Is a town more rural than a village? Different zones have different rules. How do those rules get written? What if people disagree? What if the rules conflict? Or overlap? It can get complicated.
Take Canton. And take chickens.
A couple of weeks ago, after a year-long debate, the Town of Canton decided to allow people to have chickens, with some big caveats. You have to submit a plan to the planning board, pay $40, you can have a maximum of six chickens. But the ironic thing is that the Village of Canton already allows chickens. Go to full article
Oct 28, 2005 — An outbreak of avian flu in the North Country could devastate both large-scale poultry farms and backyard chicken coops. Anita Demming is with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County. She told David Sommerstein there are few big poultry operations in the region. One is Giroux Farms in Clinton County. Demming says the chickens are kept in enclosed barns to reduce the chance of them contracting the disease. Go to full article