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Work on kennel law continues in Jerusalem

In a special meeting called last week, the Jerusalem Town Board gathered at 12:10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 to consider two items: scheduling a public hearing for a new law regulating commercial dog kennels, and to rescind last month’s resolution to purchase a gravel screener for the town’s gravel pit.

Supervisor Patrick Killen stated that the new kennel law had been drafted by the planning board and reviewed by the town attorney, so he called the special meeting in order to schedule a public hearing for the law.

Immediate objections were raised by the board members asking why they had not seen the law earlier, why comments and questions from the code enforcement officer, planning board members, and residents had not been forwarded to them, and why there is rush to enact the law.

Killen said a new kennel on Sutton Road is coming up for approval and he wanted the law in place before that time. He added that enacting a moratorium would take at least two months and he would prefer the law move forward.

It came to light the planning board had already approved the site plan for that kennel, with a limit of eight to 10 dogs.

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