Fines increased for farm animal ordinance

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

NEW HAVEN — Members of the New Haven town council voted to increase the fine for those violating the farm animal ordinance, when they met at their most recent meeting.

It was noted there is one family who still has farm animals harbored in their back yard, which is against a town ordinance. The homeowner has been to municipal court once, with the next court date set for Dec. 6. The present fine for violating the ordinance is $10.

Council members voted Monday to amend the ordinance, increasing the fine to $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense, and $300 for the third. Violators will be charged an additional $100 each time after the third offense.

Also during the meeting, Greg Belcher and Amanda Sutphin of Chapman Technical Group presented the council with a general engineering agreement, task order for specific items, and an amendment to the water project contract.

In other action, the council:

Agreed to work out a time for Clyde Weaver to examine financial records a second time through the Freedom of Information Act;

Approved years of service benefits to employees in the amount of $200 for full-time employees and $50 for part-time employees; and,

Set the next meeting for Nov. 27 at 6 p.m.

The first 45 minutes of the meeting were spent in executive session by the council for the purpose of, according to the mayor, budget review and personnel. No action was taken on either issue.

Attending were Mayor Jerry Spradling, Recorder Roberta Hysell, and council members Jim Elias, George Gibbs, Matt Shell, and Grant Hysell.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at