Chickens OK in Cascade

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

CASCADE—There is no need to pass any new ordinance to restrict keeping chickens in the village, the Village Board decided at its meeting Tuesday night.

The question of whether village residents can keep chickens was discussed at the board’s April meeting. There had been a complaint of continual noise from rooster. That complaint was handled by the Sheriff’s Department, because the noise is addressed by Cascade’s nuisance ordinance.

It was suggested in April that board members review the zoning ordinance, to see if it contained any restrictions on keeping chickens. At Tuesday night’s meeting, it was decided that the ordinance had no such restriction.

“There are people with chickens in town,” Village President David Jaeckels said. “There have been, for years. It’s never been a problem. Most people don’t even know they’re around.”

The board agreed that the existing nuisance ordinance covers any resulting noise (as had already happened) and odors. Therefore, no new ordinance or other action was presently needed.

The village has still not closed on the purchase of ten acres adjacent to the Cascade Memorial Park. Jaeckels said that everything has been approved, and that closure is waiting on paperwork.

Jaeckels said a $4,000 grant is available to the village for the Police Department. “It’s very restrictive about what we can purchase with it,” he said.

Police Chief Cory Roeseler recommended that the board use it to purchase a body camera and a speed sign.

What the grant is specifically spent on, Jaeckels said, could be discussed in the next month or two. But the decision on whether to pursue the grant needed to be made that night, to meet a deadline. Proceeding with the grant application was approved unanimously.

A meeting of the streets committee was held on April 14. The committee recommended the following actions to the board:

• New blacktop for West Water Street, from Madison to Francis Avenue.

• Repaving the alley from West Water Street to the east.

• Replacement of the culvert on Clark Street.

These three items will be on the board’s June agenda for discussion and action.

St. Paul’s Church sent a note and a card to the board. The note read, “Thanks to the community for the turnout at the Arbuckle Benefit. With $2,000 of Thrivent matching funds, over $10,000 was raised.”

Jaeckels read the card: “Thank you so very much for your support of our fundraiser. The benefit was a huge success. It’s wonderful to be a part of such a generous and caring community.”

The board unanimously approved paying to send Clerk Kayla Brown to the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Institute conference in July. “If she’s willing to go to training, I think we should be all for that,” Jaeckels said.

The board unanimously approved a Class B license for The Lanes, Cascade.

Three building permits were issued in the past month.

Jaeckels reported that planned leveling of the parking area for the park has been done.

Police report for Cascade: 1 citation (operating after suspension); 5 warnings; 5 property checks; and ten complaints investigated (chickens, a missing adult, drug issues, an IRS scam, and 6 for unlicensed dogs).

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