Fox Lake Votes NO to Backyard Hens

Fox Lake Votes NO to Backyard Hens

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Rebecca

Fox Lake, IL

#1 Jan 10, 2013
Myself and several others including a group of boy scouts tried to do things the "right way" in Fox Lake and petitioned the village to allow residents to keep a small number of egg laying hens in a fenced in enclosure. We went to several meetings over the summer, brought in support from neighboring towns to address concerns, printed and distributed fliers, etc. The planning committee voted YES but the board members who are influenced by their well connected rich friends all voted NO. So answer me this...What is the point of this planning committee?! They are supposed to be the voice of the people and the board just votes against them anyway. This is not how government is supposed to work. We addressed every concern and spent months attending meetings and helping to write the ordinance change all for nothing. All we accomplished was showing a group of children that the system is broken. Apparently here in Fox Lake you can let your house fall into disrepair, park cars on your lawn and let your large aggressive dogs run loose but you cannot have a few small quiet, clean hen to provide for your family.
Mystery Man

Gurnee, IL

#2 Jan 10, 2013
i was 100% with you Rebecca until your line about parking cars on your lawn.
You see you can't have it both ways.
If its ok for you to have hens then its ok for me to park a car or a boat on part of my property even if its on my lawn.
That is what being a home owner is all about.
If you want my support then you have to support my rights too.
As for the dogs if they are loose that is another matter.
That is illegal anywhere.
House disrepair is how you define it.
I had a cop give me a written warning a couple of years ago for having leaves in my gutter in Oct.
I told him that's the nature of fall.
That time of year leaves fall everywhere.
Rebecca

Fox Lake, IL

#3 Jan 10, 2013
I have no issues at all with what people do with their property. I just used the cars as an example because the reasons it was voted down were mostly appearance based. The village board operates as if Fox Lake is some wealthy country club community with appearances to uphold.
What upsets me the most is that the support was there, the planning committee approved it and then the board takes none of that into consideration and votes no.
Mystery Man

Gurnee, IL

#4 Jan 10, 2013
Well i know who i'm not voting for at this next election.
I'm voting AGAINST everyone in office in Fox Lake.
They all did a crap job.
Rebecca

Fox Lake, IL

#5 Jan 10, 2013
Hell yes they did! I am on my way to a meet and greet with this year's candidates. You can bet I have some questions prepared!
Mystery Man

Gurnee, IL

#6 Jan 10, 2013
Rebecca wrote:
Hell yes they did! I am on my way to a meet and greet with this year's candidates. You can bet I have some questions prepared!
Please post how it goes.
Good Luck.
Josh

Mchenry, IL

#7 Jan 10, 2013
Chickens are dirty, noisy and smelly and carry disease . I don't want them next door to me only to attract more raccoons , coyote's and hawks. Some yards are crappy enough in Fox Lake and you know darn well they would abuse it. Most towns are voting it down, thanks Fox Lake for voting against such a potential problem in the village. You want barnyard animals....go live on a farm!!
Rebecca

Fox Lake, IL

#8 Jan 11, 2013
Josh wrote:
Chickens are dirty, noisy and smelly and carry disease . I don't want them next door to me only to attract more raccoons , coyote's and hawks. Some yards are crappy enough in Fox Lake and you know darn well they would abuse it. Most towns are voting it down, thanks Fox Lake for voting against such a potential problem in the village. You want barnyard animals....go live on a farm!!
Josh, you are uneducated on this subject and it shows. Do some research before you offer an opinion. Every statement you made was false including the fact that most towns are voting it down. Quite the opposite, most towns are approving it including affluent areas such as Winnetka and Northbrook.
Mystery Man

Chicago, IL

#9 Jan 11, 2013
Rebecca wrote:
<quoted text>
Josh, you are uneducated on this subject and it shows. Do some research before you offer an opinion. Every statement you made was false including the fact that most towns are voting it down. Quite the opposite, most towns are approving it including affluent areas such as Winnetka and Northbrook.
I agree with everything you wrote.
Farming and farm animals have always been the backbone of Illinois.
Josh needs to talk to farmers and get the real education he didn't get in public school.
Without Illinois farming and the animals the price of food in Illinois would skyrocket.
Rebecca i hope down the line you win.
Don't give up hope people are behind you.
Good Luck.
Josh

Mchenry, IL

#10 Jan 11, 2013
GEEEZZZZ...nothing at all against chickens, you morons..YES WE NEED FARMING AND FARM ANIMALS ..but the key word is a FARM and that is where they need to be, as far as Winneta and Northbrook they have larger lots and experienced people to take care of them. They don't belong in a tight residential area where people will be hoarding them. You know they will abuse it and before you know it we will have a bunch of uneducated people playing " Farmer In The Dell" aquiring farm animals who think its a joke. Nough said on the subject!
Mystery Man

Gurnee, IL

#11 Jan 11, 2013
Josh wrote:
GEEEZZZZ...nothing at all against chickens, you morons..YES WE NEED FARMING AND FARM ANIMALS ..but the key word is a FARM and that is where they need to be, as far as Winneta and Northbrook they have larger lots and experienced people to take care of them. They don't belong in a tight residential area where people will be hoarding them. You know they will abuse it and before you know it we will have a bunch of uneducated people playing " Farmer In The Dell" aquiring farm animals who think its a joke. Nough said on the subject!
i must be missing something i could have sown you wrote
QUOTE
Chickens are dirty, noisy and smelly and carry disease .
UNQUOTE
sure sounds like you got something against chickens.

and then there is your comment
QUOTE
they will abuse it and before you know it we will have a bunch of uneducated people playing " Farmer In The Dell"
UNQUOTE
sure sounds like you have something against farmers too.
Mystery Man

Gurnee, IL

#12 Jan 11, 2013
typo should have read swore not sown
Rebecca

Fox Lake, IL

#13 Jan 13, 2013
Josh, again you are uneducated on the subject and it still shows. Also, have you been to Winnetka and Northbrook? There are many, many small lots and I doubt very much that there are experienced chicken people going from house to house to care for their backyard flocks. The few EDUCATED people that would like this right in Fox Lake will do things responsibly. A permit would be required and the ordinance we helped craft has no room for abuse. The nuisance laws already in place cover the noise, smell and sanitation issues if they should arise which is unlikely.
Now please go do something productive instead of showing everyone what you DO NOT know about this subject.
Mystery Man

Gurnee, IL

#14 Jan 31, 2013
Rebecca wrote:
Josh, again you are uneducated on the subject and it still shows. Also, have you been to Winnetka and Northbrook? There are many, many small lots and I doubt very much that there are experienced chicken people going from house to house to care for their backyard flocks. The few EDUCATED people that would like this right in Fox Lake will do things responsibly. A permit would be required and the ordinance we helped craft has no room for abuse. The nuisance laws already in place cover the noise, smell and sanitation issues if they should arise which is unlikely.
Now please go do something productive instead of showing everyone what you DO NOT know about this subject.
The key here is the line
A permit would be required and the ordinance we helped craft has no room for abuse.
You actually helped write the permit that would be required that doesn't allow for abuse.
It shows you are a responsible person willing to follow the laws rather then someone who wouldn't.

On another note did you meet with the new candidates ?
If so what was your impression of them ?
I haven't met them yet and i am hoping they are not like the ones in office now.
If they are better i hope they have a chance of getting in.
Some of our trustee's are making a career of being there.
Its time for some fresh younger blood willing to move the village forward.

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