SALEM — Perry Township residents can now legally have domesticated farm animals and beehives on lots lower than 5 acres, however they’ll need to register them and comply with some guidelines.
The new regulation for domesticated farm animals was certainly one of a number of zoning amendments accepted by Perry Township trustees Monday night time, together with a rise in zoning charges that had not been touched since 1997, together with setting penalties for violations.
The township zoning board held a public listening to on the adjustments final month and really useful them to the trustees for properties within the unincorporated areas of the township.
Previously, the township handed a rule that prohibited domesticated farm animals on lots lower than 5 acres, however there have been residents questioning why they couldn’t have goats or chickens after they had 3 or 4 acres.
Township Zoning/Nuisance Inspector Jeff Christopher mentioned this allows a sure variety of animals dependent on lot measurement and can make it simpler to confirm nuisances with animals registered. This provides residents a bit extra freedom, too.
Trustee Chairman Steve Bailey prompt giving residents an opportunity to get conversant in the brand new guidelines for animals earlier than imposing the charges, that are $10 per animal, together with necessities related to coops and enclosures for measurement and placement.
The guidelines spell out necessities for: beehives; chickens, geese and different small poultry; goats, swine, sheep and different hooved animals like alpacas, llamas, bovine and equine; and rabbits. Roosters, geese, guinea hens, turkeys or different massive vocal poultry are prohibited.
The full record of guidelines is posted on the township web site at perrytownshipsalemoh.org the place residents may also discover zoning purposes associated to animals and residential enhancements or building, an inventory of the brand new charges and likewise purposes for the tax break on new values for brand new building and enhancements by the Community Reinvestment Area.
As for the charges, Christopher mentioned they’ve been elevated in response to inflation and rely on the undertaking. For instance, the price for a indifferent storage is $100. The price for renovation work, resembling roofing, home windows, siding, doorways and fences is $50 for as much as the primary $5,000 value, then $5 for each $1,000 value in extra of that. The charges are listed on the web site.
Bailey praised the work of Christoper and the zoning board in updating the foundations and the charges and penalties.
“I think they’ve come up with a good plan,” he mentioned.
In different enterprise, the trustees reorganized for the brand new yr, selecting Bailey once more as chairman and Trustee Jim Armeni as vice chairman, together with welcoming new Trustee Tony Ieropoli.
Meetings will proceed to be held the second and fourth Monday of every month at 4 p.m. on the administration constructing on North Ellsworth Avenue. They additionally accepted resolutions to rent exterior authorized counsel when vital, made appointments to the Volunteer Firefighters Dependents Fund, accepted the acquisition of six tires for the hearth division rescue truck for $2,901 from Salem Tire and to ship Jullian Dillard and Kody Vint to fireside faculty on the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center.