Dunbar turns down request for deer permit
Can Bambi find a new home in Dunbar Borough, or is she considered a wild, exotic or dangerous animal?
Council members debated that question Monday night after resident Roger Hall requested a deer permit from the borough.
Council explained that Hall had a deer four years ago, but the deer escaped and ran away.
After much debate, solicitor Tim Witt said he believes it would violate Dunbar's ordinance that regulates the keeping of animals within the borough.
Witt referred to section two of the ordinance that states “it shall be unlawful for any person to keep, breed or raise any dangerous animal, any exotic/wild animal, any large animal or any domestic fowl at any place within the borough of Dunbar.”
Witt said Hall also must comply with regulations established by the state Department of Agriculture.
“He would be required to house deer and to build a confine to certain specifications,” Witt said.
Councilman John Maddas said Hall could not trap a wild deer and keep it. Instead, he would be required to buy a deer from someone who sells animals that have been raised on farms and not in the wild.
In other business, council issued letters to borough residents who were in violation of storing abandoned vehicles or parts on their property.
In the letters, Witt said the residents were notified that they had 30 days to comply with the borough's ordinance. After they received the letter, residents had 10 days to file an appeal, requesting a hearing on the issue.
Council also decided to write a letter to the Dunbar Borough/Township Sewage Authority, expressing support to refinance $300,000 in current debt at a lower interest rate.
Cindy Ekas is a freelance writer.
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