Interesting case out of Earlville:
A resident of a Earlville, which straddles Madison and Chenango counties, is being charged with a criminal
offense for violating a local law.
Michael Kicinski, a
resident of Earlville since 2003, is charged with violating "Local Law
#1 of 2007" banning practically all animals except horses. Kicinski said before he moved to the village, he was given permission by the village to keep chickens and rabbits according to a 1963 ordinance that was in effect at that time.
After he was given permission, he bought 3.6 acres of property. He said more than a year later, he was given permission by the village to increase the number of chickens he was raising.
Then in 2007, the village board at that time passed the local law banning most animals, except horses, from the village. He believes he alone was targeted by this local law.
His case is set for trial Dec. 4. A search warrant is being served sometime this week.
Kicinski said the local law was passed Nov. 13, 2007 and
the case has been ongoing since he was first ticketed April 2008. More information can be found at www.EarlvilleChickens.com this website.