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Say no to chicken coops in the burbs

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What kind of town do we live in that allows us to raise farm animals? I understand a neighbor in West Dundee wants to put up a chicken coop in their back yard and raise chickens. Although this coop won't be visible from the street, we will have to look at this menagerie as well as listen to it and get the stench from it.

Give me a break. There are zoning laws against raising poultry in a residential area, or don't they apply to West Dundee? How about the stench from a chicken coop and the noise?

The health department should also have their say in this matter. We hope they do get involved. How about a salmonella outbreak? Who pays the price for a sick or dead child? Rats also are attracted to chicken coops as well as wild animals.

There has to be some limit as to what people can do on their property. If they'd like to raise chickens, why don't they move to a rural area? I guess if a public official doesn't have to live next to this it is OK?

We say no way to the idea of a backyard chicken coop. This will depreciate property values in West Dundee.

Gerald Szafranski

Alan Snopek

West Dundee