By Valerie Werkmeister
Feuding neighbors aired animal nuisance complaints to Cynthiana Town Board members during last Tuesday’s, April 9, meeting. Courtney Wathen filed a complaint against her neighbors, Rick and Tara Davis, claiming the Davis’ dogs’ constant barking was a nuisance. She also complained about the odor from rabbit fecal matter in the Davis’ pole barn.
The Davis’ contended the barn is cleaned each week and the smell is not bothersome. The Davis’ felt the complaint was retaliatory due to a lawsuit the Davis’ filed against Wathen over the death of their dog. The two parties exchanged barbs regarding the lawsuit until they were instructed by town board members to discuss the matter in court.
Board members discussed whether the county’s nuisance ordinance would be applicable with town attorney, Jeff Ahlers. He advised he would need to review the most recent ordinance update to determine if the Davis’ are out of compliance.
The Davis’ invited town board members to inspect the property following the meeting to determine if an offensive rabbit droppings’ smell existed and if it warranted a violation under a nuisance ordinance.
Board members determined property complaints filed against Laura Johnson at 10226 Evansville Street and Terry Penner at 10237 Evansville Street had been resolved. Both parties cleaned up the outside of their property and it was satisfactory to the board.
Clerk-Treasurer Greta Mounts reported she had been asked if the use of inflatables and water slides was permitted at the community center. The board determined that inflatables would be fine but water slides are not allowed. A water source isn’t available outside and they wouldn’t be able to recoup the water expense or determine the amount of water used.
Increased semi-truck traffic on North Street is prompting the board to draft a new ordinance allowing them to place ‘no through trucks’ signs on the street. The road was recently paved and is not intended for heavy truck traffic. In an effort to prolong the life of the road, board members would prefer the trucks use the state highway instead of North Street as a shortcut. Ahlers will have an ordinance draft prepared for the next meeting.
Town Marshall Andy Porath advised the town’s patrol car was being repaired. He added that training will soon be complete for Nathan Bickers. He will begin patrolling on his own after April 28.
Board members were pleased with the turnout for the town’s Easter egg hunt held on Saturday, March 30. They received positive feedback and intend to keep the annual tradition.
The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 14, at 6 p.m. in the town hall.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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