ELMWOOD, WI – The February 13 Elmwood Village Board proceedings started with a public hearing on a request by Scott and Stacy Anderson for a dog kennel license.
The Andersons, who live on a 1.5-acre lot at 112 W. Partridge Ave., have two dogs now but had three when they moved to Elmwood about a year ago The third died shortly after that move.
Speaking about the problem at the public hearing they had requested, Scott said the couple currently has an elderly Saint Bernard and a younger, much smaller English Bulldog. They would like to get another English Bulldog.
The Andersons weren’t intending to have a large breeding or boarding kennel, but it turns out that to have three or more dogs in the village they needed a kennel license.
The couple is very attached to the idea of having three dogs.
“We don’t have children,” Anderson said, noting that the pets were like children to them.
According to Anderson, the dogs he has aren’t allowed to roam outside and barking has not been a problem, a statement supported by neighbors at the hearing and by the Police Chief.
Several neighbors were present and none spoke against the license issuance but Board President Bill Stewart said they had received one letter opposed to the idea.
Neighbor Phil Dzubay not only supported the Andersons but also objected to the need for a kennel license in this case.
Calling the process “onerous,” Dzubay noted, “He’s not really seeking a kennel license, he’s seeking a third dog!”
The regulation, which was enacted in 2005, was meant to protect village residents from inappropriate land use. The law allows up to 16 dogs in a licensed kennel operation and that license must be renewed yearly. There are rules in place to ensure the business does not become a nuisance.
Anderson said he was aware of all the rules and the couple had no intention whatsoever of taking their pet population anywhere near the 16-dog maximum. They intended to keep it at three.
The license request was approved unanimously. There was discussion of a possible review of the regulations with an eye to establishing some sort of middle ground that would cover residents merely wanting to have one or two more animals than allowed under the current ordinance.
No primary for village board election
Mandy Pfingsten, who is running for a seat on the Village Board, asked for a clarification on whether or not there would be a primary ballot on February 21.
Village Clerk Amy Wayne said that there had apparently been some confusion among new board candidates. As there were only six candidates for three open seats on the board, a primary was not necessary and would not be held, she said.
In other business, the board:
- Approved a picnic license for the Elmwood Community Club Euchre Tourney fundraiser on Sunday, February 19. They also approved temporary operator’s licenses for that event for Bob Rupakus, Mary Beth Tschumperlin, Amy Bechel and Missy Roatch.
- Approved regular operator’s licenses for Taylor Clifford, Janell Asher, and Richard Tiffany, all to be employed at Kern’s Kurbside, formerly Big Dick’s.
- Approved a regular operator’s license for Lucas Roatch who will be working at The Longbranch.
- Heard a report on police department activity for the month of January from Chief Mike Schaffer. Forty-four incidents included nine traffic stops, eight parking citations, three EMS calls, one downed power line, five background checks, one report of shots fired, and one animal complaint.