by Susan Mikula Campbell
How many dogs and cats should a homeowner be allowed to keep on his property?
That's what the Wheatfield Town Board will be asking at a public hearing set for its July 26 meeting. The 7:15 p.m. hearing will look at a proposed amendment to the town code to limit the number of dogs to four and the number of cats to 10 (over the age of 6 months) in residential zoning districts (R-1, 2 and 3).
Town Attorney Robert O'Toole said the town currently has no restrictions, but there have been problems with people having too many animals on their property and not caring for them properly. "We want to discuss whether or not there should be a limit," he said, adding, "We don't know how much is too much."
At its meeting Monday, the Town Board also set a public hearing for 7 p.m. July 26 on the proposed franchise agreement with Time Warner. The board is requesting that representatives of the cable company be present at the hearing so residents can voice any questions or concerns they have about the cable service.
In other matters:
The next Town Board meeting on July 12 will be preceded by a public hearing at 7 p.m. on the adoption of the FEMA flood maps.
The board also is expecting to hear within the next few weeks if the revised model for the Bergholz area has won final approval, taking some residents who have been on the FEMA maps for years off the maps and eliminating their need for flood insurance.
Board members concerned about the aesthetics of the towers asked the town attorney to negotiate wording in the contract that would prevent physical changes to the tower.