Town of Starkey denies special use permit for dog kennel

Gwen Chamberlain

The Starkey Town Planning Board has denied an application for a special use permit to build a 32 ft. by 96 ft. dog kennel to house 75 adult dogs.

Planning Board Chairman Bob Schiesser reported to the Starkey Town Board that a large number of people attended the Oct. 3 meeting, where a motion to approve the project was turned down by a vote of 5 to 1.

Schiesser said an issue that concerned board members is how dog manure would be handled. He says he has since learned that U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations will permit composting of dog waste, and he expects the applicant, Jerry Zimmerman of Putnam Road, will return with another application.

Starkey Supervisor George Lawson said he attended the meeting, and noted there is a similar facility in the neighborhood, and while neighbors close to the proposed project attended the meeting and expressed concerns, they did not oppose the plans.

The town officials discussed, but took no action on changing local regulations related to kennels. The Town of Gorham, in Ontario County, adopted a kennel law limiting the number of breeding dogs allowed to 20 after a year-long moratorium spurred by an application to open a commercial breeding business for up to 600 dogs.

In other business, the town board set budget workshops for later this month and public hearings to be held at the November regular meeting.