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Wales may cut permit fee for large-hoofed animals to $100

The Wales Town Board is considering slashing the permit fee for large-hoofed animals from $300 to $100.

The change was discussed at this week’s work session and will be voted on at the board’s Aug. 13 meeting.

Supervisor Rickey Venditti said the new fee is the result of a study he did with Councilman Gerald Klinc over the past several months and will make it easier for small farmers to operate.

The fee applies to farms of less than 10 acres that are housing large-hoofed animals, including but not limited to cows, horses, pigs, llamas, sheep, goats and alpacas.

The town suspended its code change regarding these animals last year when the state Department of Agriculture and Markets stepped in after goat farmer Erie Beiter complained the restrictions and fees would put him out of business. Changes also were made to the permit process itself, which now is permanent and goes with the land if a farmer sells the property.

In other business, a community meeting on the proposed new paved walking trail around the town park and a portion of Buffalo Creek will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the park next to the Community Center, 12345 Big Tree Road. Resident Susan Everett will lead the meeting to exchange ideas with the residents about such a trail. A walkabout with a guide will be held at 6:30 p.m. Residents are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Refreshments will be served.

The board is considering Highway Superintendent Michael Zywar’s request to repair the crumbling steps at the Southwest Memorial Building on Emery Road, which is home to the court and historical society. Zywar expects the cost to be $3,500 or less.

Venditti said the agreement with Holland to take over the town’s dog control from Aurora at the end of 2013 looks good and is expected to be under the same terms as the one with Aurora. Town Attorney Ronald Bennett is working on it.

Aurora Highway Superintendent David Gunner had said Aurora couldn’t continue to do dog control for Wales because the worker that did it now was transferred to his department, and it became impossible for the employee to do both jobs.

A resident on Centerline Road has asked the board to submit a request to the state Department of Transportation to have the speed limit reduced to 45 mph. The board submitted a request for a speed study.