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larryb    Posted 04-14-2017 at 13:02:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • wake up call for farming
  • We recently moved from Kansas to central Arkansas on a small hobby farm that was in bad shape. Dumped trash, fences removed or destroyed several old building had to be torn down septic system cleaned and problems with the house had to be addressed. After rebuilding fences for the horses, removing old buildings and several upgrades I finally got to removing old bales of hay that were partially rotten and unfit to feed to horses. While I was in the pasture burning them this morning a car pulled up and the gentleman introduced himself as the county zone commissioner and stated that I was in violation for not getting a permit to build fences. I told him I was not aware that you had to have a permit to do so on farms. H said someone called him and said we were a petting animal farm that it classified us as a business. After showing him proof that we have been a miniature horse Rescue Farm and all our horses were at one time rescued from other bad situations that help for the animal was needed, he told me I was supposed to pay a $35.00 permit fee to build a fence. Wow what a shocker. He looked around he decided it was ok for now but in the future I might be required to get a permit. Gona have to look this one up to see if agriculture requires such things or is this just a money thing for local government since a small part on my farm is in the edge of city limits

    steveVa    Posted 04-16-2017 at 11:37:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Similar thing happened to me several years ago. I was up on a roof hanging on a beam 30 feet off the ground nailing in rafters when a county vehicle pulled up and a "building official" got out and told us to come down off the roof and stop work immediately because we did not have a permit posted. I told him that we were over 200 feet off the front property line in an A-1 zoning and if he knew his own zoning laws he would know that he would need to come up and get me if he wanted me down, and good luck knocking me off of that roof because I had my favorite ovrsized hammer in my hand.
    Then I told him if he wanted to help, there was a spare hammer by the cooler that was full of beer, and to toss me one if he got one too.
    He got in his car and left.

    Larry (TX)    Posted 04-14-2017 at 14:51:05 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: wake up call for farming
  • Most likely only the city admin's. wanting a piece of your action! Having worked over 43 years for a city gov't., I know how the crooks operate!

    LS

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