A meeting to discuss possibly banning roosters in Chester was canceled Thursday because too many people attended the hearing, which caused fire code violations.
Resident John Bennet has asked the planning and zoning commission to look at the town regulations. He wants town officials to ban roosters in town as well as tightening regulations for chickens and rabbits.
Bennet told Eyewitness News that he has lived happily in Chester for 30 years, until he started hearing roosters during the early morning hours.
William Vile said he's complied with all the zoning regulations to keep chickens and roosters on his property. However, there could be trouble ahead.
"Roosters are here to protect their flock and my rooster was crowing to protect his flock," he told Eyewitness News. "And I guess my neighbor didn't like it."
A meeting was scheduled for Thursday night at the Chester Elementary School. However, the public hearing was canceled because more than 500 people attended, which violates fire codes.
The location of the meeting was moved to allow more people to attend. Residents told Eyewitness News that this is the second time that the public hearing had to be canceled, which upset many people.
According to residents, the proposal has been the "talk of the town."
"I kinda dislike it. I don't think it makes Chester look very good," said resident Peter Zanardi. "Probably about a third of the people in town all fired up about a chicken."
But, opinions in town vary.
"Let things be as they have been for the last few hundred years," said resident Frank Ferrari.
"I can see how Mr. Bennet would be unhappy with roosters next to him. I can see how people who are used to having animals like that would feel that their rights are being infringed upon," said George Bradley of Chester. "I say let the people be free."
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