Builders favored in chicken issue
It was with great disappointment that, after leaving work to attend last week's Hernando Commission meeting, the issue of chickens was postponed for two weeks. The commissioners told me that something had come up that morning that put this issue on the back burner.
I really would like to have attended the final approval. This matter has gone on since October 2012 when I first called Planning and Zoning. It had been a positive experience until now.
I read where some builders and Realtors were going to fight this proposed change that would allow us to have chickens in certain residential areas. Just about anything that the residential construction industry will be building in the future will be in deed-restricted developments. It is up to the deed restrictions to allow or not allow chickens.
The issue seems to be with the smell of the chickens. The only smell you can get is when homeowners do not do their job in keeping the coop clean. When that happens, they will forfeit their rights.
It has been proven that chickens do not devalue property. Chickens themselves do not smell as much as this last-minute dealing with the builders and Realtors.
It has been the reputation in the past for the Hernando commissioners to favor the builders over the taxpayers. It is time for commissioners not to be bullied by this group. Do commissioners not realize that they work for us and not the builders?
Carol Aquilante, Spring Hill
Interlibrary loans need reinstating
I live equal distance from three branches of Hernando County libraries and visit one of them weekly. I am the registrar for the Annuttaliga Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In this capacity, I utilize the genealogical section of the main branch, and I use the computer access to Ancestry.com in both the Spring Hill and West branches.
The staff members at all the branches are cheerful, competent and professional. The research librarians are especially knowledgeable and resourceful in helping locate information useful in my efforts to aid prospective members in their search for their patriotic roots.
Recently, I have become aware of a new policy at the library. No longer is it possible to order books through the interlibrary loan system if the book is located in another state. Previously I was able to access books from all over the nation. I have happily paid the $5 request fee and have been able to help numerous ladies in their desire to join DAR.
I would urge the Hernando Commission to reinstate the previous policy concerning interlibrary loaning to aid and improve the variety of information available to the public. An informed public is necessary to the perpetuation of a free and intelligent electorate.
Carol B. Tucker, Brooksville