Rooster remains bane of woman’s existence

WELLSVILLE — Village Council said it could pass an ordinance banning farm animals, but it wouldn’t be able to outlaw the animals currently in the village.

Council addressed the latest situation regarding the issue on Tuesday.

The complaint was first addressed to council Sept. 18 by Anderson Avenue resident Phyllis Crawford, who said a neighbor had at least two roosters that have been crowing all throughout the day to the point where it has been a cause of concern.

Crawford returned Tuesday to see if council had been able to look into the matter, saying the crowing has not only not stopped, but is now going on sometimes past 2 a.m.

“I called the police at 3:30 Sunday morning,” Crawford said. “Well, two o’clock, he was crowing, then he quit. Then 3:30 Sunday morning, he went on clear up to 7 o’clock. But the cruiser just come by and just went slow, and I went by and he just left.”

“The thing of it is is that I think that guy is doing something to that rooster because roosters don’t crow all day long” Crawford added. “They only crow in the mornings around 6, so I don’t know if he’s been cruel to it, but he just crows all day long.”

Mayor Nancy Murray said the claims, rules and ordinances committee, chaired by councilman Bill Taft, and village solicitor Dominic Frank conducted “extensive” research on the matter over the past couple months.

Taft said council can be able to pass an ordinance to ban the farm animals from being in village limits, but the roosters that have been crowing throughout this time would be exempt from the ban.

“It appears that we can pass the ordinance, but we’d have to grandfather the animals,” Taft said. “They’re already here, which is not going to do you any good.”

Taft also said the village has a noise ordinance that involves car mufflers and radios, but nothing on farm animals, which led Crawford to say “I’m guilty of the radio because I turn up the radio to drown him out.”

Council president Randy Allmon asked Taft if there was a specific ordinance regarding loud noises past a certain time. Taft said that what Allmon described was under Ohio Revised Code but not a village law, but then Councilman Keith Thorn said that the matter could fall under disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

Murray then asked if the rooster situation could fall under “disturbing the peace,” and Frank said “Why not?”

Crawford also learned through council that she so far has been the only one in her neighborhood to address this complaint, but she was not the only one to voice her opinion on the matter. Shortly after she spoke, 10th Street resident Mike Varish asked council to clarify whether or not farm animals are allowed in the village.

Varish said he considered roosters to be a farm animal and not a pet, and then said, “Wellsville shouldn’t even have to fool with this.”

“I would think if you was in Columbus, Ohio, and there wasn’t an ordinance and somebody drug in roosters, I’m sure there’s something,” Varish said. “I would think, and I know they wouldn’t have a list of every animal, so it would be farm animals.”

The committee, meanwhile, will continue to look into the ordinance.