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Delmont Borough officials won't be appealing duck ruling

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By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

If the ducks of Delmont generate billable hours for attorneys, it will be because borough officials choose to review animal regulations, not because of a legal appeal.

Borough officials agreed late last month to accept a July zoning hearing board ruling allowing a Delmont couple to keep their four pet ducks in their backyard.

James Kistler was cited this spring for violating the borough's domestic pets ordinance by housing his ducks — Moe, Larry, Curly and Fred. That ordinance, adopted in the early 1990s, restricts residents from keeping certain animals on residential properties.

The ordinance prohibits poultry — but not everyone agreed that ducks qualified as poultry.

That's a potential problems that Delmont officials should examine, borough Solicitor Dan Hewitt said.

“These ducks can remain,” Hewitt said. “But the ordinance is not tossed out.”

Hewitt has said he suggested council and the planning commission review borough ordinances to look for any potential loopholes.

“This is certainly a trigger to say, ‘Look over what we have,'” Hewitt said.

Staff writer Amanda Dolasinski contributed to this report. Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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