Resident Taylor Mill asks to leave Charlie’s squad

TAYLOR MILL, Kentucky. Taylor Mill resident Darrell Beck started raising chickens last year. He bought a grill, Charlie, to keep an eye on his three chickens. At that time, he found no laws forbidding him to keep chickens or a brazier.

He said he drove for about a year without incident. But in July 2022, he received bad news from the city: the chickens might stay and Charlie would have to leave.

It turns out that in May 2022, the city passed a law regulating the keeping of chickens and prohibiting roasters in general within the city. Beck was fined $100 and given 10 days to find a new home for his line-up.

Someone to watch over them

Beck said his chickens are used to relying on Charlie.

“My main concern right now is that the chickens are so used to this netting,” Baek said. “He watches over the hawks in the area as they roam and go about their business. If I remove my lineup, they won’t be looking at the sky, they’re so used to it being there.”

He also said he didn’t think it was fair to refuse the bird when he thought it was legal to keep it for nearly a year. He hired a lawyer to fight for Charlie’s preservation.

His lawyer, Attorney Zachary Smith, sent a letter to the city arguing that the network was a permitted use prior to the ruling and should be allowed to continue to be used as an inappropriate use. He pointed to KRS 100.253, which states that “the lawful use of a building or premises that existed at the time of the adoption of any zoning rules affecting them may continue even if such use does not comply with the provisions of such rules.”

A family member living in the countryside said they might be able to take Charlie if Beck was forced to let him go, but Beck noted that he didn’t ask for a long period of time and said he hoped he could convince the town let Charlie hold on a little longer.

“Honestly, I don’t feel like I should get rid of it because when I got it, there was no law against it,” Baek said. “I feel like it’s a little unfair. I understand they passed the law and now I can’t have him anymore. But I feel like I can keep mine until he dies.”

Roosters don’t live long – they usually live an average of 4 to 8 years, and Charlie is in his second year.

Registry Ordinance

Taylor Mill City Administrator Brian Haney said the city had a long-standing ordinance banning trains, but a change to existing ordinances resulted in an inadvertent and inadvertent opening that allowed for a line-up in 2021.

“The city has always had an ordinance against the registry, as well as an inter-local agreement with the county. People were allowed to eat chickens, but they were not allowed to fry,” he explained. “Then in 2020, the county animal control department asked us to adopt their ordinance for the entire county so that there is uniformity in how they will manage everything in every single city.”

The city agreed, he said, but did not realize at the time that Kenton County’s animal control ordinances did not apply to keeping chickens, roosters, or any other bird.

“When we passed their decree, it replaced ours,” Haney said. “Basically, we got rid of ours. The new county regulation doesn’t apply to chickens at all. Once we figured that out and people started complaining, we had to go back and reinstate a brand new ordinance to say, “Yes, you’re allowed chickens under these terms, but absolutely no roasters.”

In May of this year, the city adopted a new ordinance. It allows up to six hens to be kept for personal use and specifies the conditions and location of chicken coops, but categorically prohibits grills.

Back waiting for the city’s response to his letter. Meanwhile, Charlie looks after his angels.

This story was originally posted on Linkky.commedia partner of WCPO.com.

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