Horse ownership issues arise in municipal, parish areas
Complaints on horses in residential areas moved from the city to the parish Wednesday when Gumpoint Lane resident Willie Peters addressed the St. Mary Parish Council during its regular meeting.
Gumpoint is just outside the city limits north of Franklin in the St. Joseph community.
“Yesterday I was dumbfounded when I found a horse running around in my yard,” Peters said. “A little while after that a guy rode up chasing the horse down.”
Last week, the city council heard similar complaints in the area of Talbot Street.
“We’re becoming a place where more people have horses than they have on the farms and it’s having a negative effect on the area,” Peters said.
He said he has no objection to people having horses but thinks there should be a regulation on the minimum size of property on which they are kept. He also added that there’s “a dog situation” in his neighborhood.
Parish Chief Administrative Officer Henry “Bo” LaGrange said parish livestock laws on the books only cover “at-large” animals.
Upon suggestion by Councilman Glen Hidalgo of Bayou Vista, LaGrange said he would ask legal counsel to research a possible ordinance.
Parish President Paul Naquin said the parish health department and animal control has inspected properties in the Gumpoint area and has found everything to be in compliance with current health laws. He noted that the Town of Berwick has an ordinance that requires horses to be kept on at least three acres per horse.
Peters also asked the council to consider sending a letter to the Congressional delegation asking them to support efforts of the Black Caucus, Law and Justice, and the Southern Poverty Law Center in response to Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the Voting Rights Act that removes the need for federal clearance of voting district reapportionment.
In other business the council:
—Introduced an ordinance granting a specific use permit to JMB Partnership for a turbine wind farm in the Glencoe area.
—Passed resolutions amending the engineering contract with T. Baker Smith on the seaway rehab project at Harry P. Williams Airport; approving an Oct. 19 election by Recreation District 1 on a tax renewal; executing agreements with South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority relative to Fairview Treatment Center; and a cooperative endeavor in agreement with Louisiana Wetlands, LLC on the donation of mitigation credits and right of first refusal of future credits.
—Approved a $2,000 allocation to 100 Black Men of St. Mary to help defray the cost of its 2013 5-K Race, to be held on Saturday, Aug. 31 in Morgan City in conjunction with the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival.
—Reappointed Richard Martin to Water and Sewer Commission 5.
Councilmen David Hanagriff of Centerville and Ken Singleton of Patterson were absent.