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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - "Council members void ordinance about horse manure in Orange County"

"Messy conflict over horse manure divides Amish, neighbors" was the heading to an Oct. 23, 2015 ILB post, following an Oct. 13, 2015 post headed "Horse manure in the news." Perhaps if any officials in Orange County had read some of the stories quoted in the 2015 ILB posts ...

From the Dec. 17th $$ Bedford Times-Mail, a long story republished by Indiana Economic Digest begins:

PAOLI — A ripple is starting to divide communities in Orange County — a ripple that was started because of issues raised about horse manure, left on county roads by horse-drawn vehicles driven by Amish folk and farmers.

It’s an issue that, according to county Commissioner Don Brewer, a lot of people are complaining about — especially in the area of Orangeville. On Nov. 23, the Orange County commissioners passed an ordinance requiring that waste-catching devices be attached to carriages and buggies in order to clean up the roads.

But it’s an ordinance passed before commissioners talked to any of the people in the county it affects, according to Terry McKnight, a concerned citizen, farmer and avid horseman.

He raised a lot of questions about the ordinance at an Orange County council meeting Thursday. It was up to the council to accept or reject the fines proposed by the commissioners as a punishment for people who don’t comply with the ordinance.

“What was the purpose of the ordinance?” McKnight asked. “Why was it passed without any conversations with the people it affects?”

He attended the meeting with three Amish men and other members of the public — all of whom spoke out against the ordinance.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 20, 2016 09:20 AM
Posted to Indiana Government