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My Town: Alpine Township to stick with residential farm animal rule

My Town: Alpine Township to stick with residential farm animal rule

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Alpine Township's rules about residential farm animals will remain unchanged for now.

Last week, the planning commission decided to keep its livestock-to-land ratio rule the same.  The ordinance came under question after Michael and Jamie Velting sent a letter to the township, asking for a change so they can raise more chickens to produce enough eggs for their family of seven.  The couple said based on the current ordinance, which allows only one farm animal per acre of property, they can only raise two chickens.  The Veltings said they do not understand how the space, housing and upkeep for two chickens can compare to larger livestock, like horses and cows; that’s why they were asking the township to increase the number of chickens allowed on residential property.

Planning Director Sue Becker says it's unclear if or when the issue will come up again, but it's not on the planning commission's agenda for next month.

My Town: Alpine Township to consider changing residential farm animal rule

My Town: Alpine Township to consider changing residential farm animal rule

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Alpine Township Planning Commission Thursday night will consider changing its rules when it comes to allowing farm animals in residential areas.

In a letter sent to the township, Michael and Jamie Velting are calling for a change to the township ordinance so they can raise more chickens to produce enough eggs for their family of seven.  The couple says based on the current ordinance, which allows only one farm animal per acre of property, they can only raise two chickens.  The Veltings say they do not understand how the space, housing and upkeep for two chickens can compare to larger livestock, like horses and cows; that’s why the couple is asking the township to raise the ratio of chickens to property size.

The planning commission will take up the issue in a work session during Thursday’s meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m.   

John Ball traveling zoo stops in Alpine Township

John Ball traveling zoo stops in Alpine Township

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The John Ball traveling zoo will make a stop at the Alpine Township Library Wednesday, July 24.

The traveling zoo usually consists of three animals.  Zookeeper Education Specialist Melinda Robinett says a ferret, owl and snake are expected to make the trip to the library as part of its “Dig Into Reading” summer program, but that could change depending on the animals’ temperament and availability the day of the trip.

The John Ball travelling zoo began about 12 years ago. Each year, the John Ball traveling zoo makes about 200 trips to libraries, schools and organizations as far away as White Cloud, to educate children about wildlife. The traveling zoo will arrive at the Alpine Township Library at 6:30 p.m.

 

Meeting To Improve Westgate Park - March 12

Meeting To Improve Westgate Park  - March 12

From Alpine Township Offices:

Westgate Neighborhood Park Improvements!


The swing set, overhead monkey bars, spring teeter-totter and play house were removed for the sanitary sewer construction last summer and it is doubtful they can be re-installed. Replacement playground equipment is expensive so we would like your input on what you would like to see in Westgate Neighborhood Park. By providing your input, you’ll help determine what improvements the Township will make to the park this year, so your voice is extremely important.


The Alpine Township Parks and Recreation Committee invites you to join them and share your input at 7 p.m.

Two young bucks butt heads in backyard

Two young bucks butt heads in backyard

WZZM Viewer Steven Pitsch had two young bucks visit his backyard when they decided to have a friendly head-butting match.

Watch the video for details.

More Animal Business

More Animal Business

More animal activities at the Alpine Township Library this evening as it featured a pet show.  Over forty pet lovers were present to admire the special pets brought by some of the  young library patrons.

Natalie brought her dog Tavey, Celeste brought her two year old dog Turbo, and Jessica brought her two year old dog Biscuit.  Alex brought two two month old chickens that were hatched from eggs, and Carlin brought her adorable 6 year old cat Violet.  There was a judging and all animals received recognition in a variety  of categories...

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We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

Meet Bella, Bucky and Barry:

We leave the urban wildlife in Forest Hills and head to our cabin in Wisconsin.  In Michigan, you would call our cabin a cottage.  In Wisconsin, they are known as cabins.  Anyway I digress - our cabin is on 10 hilly acres of grassland in the bluff country of southern Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin is known as the dairy state, but the “state animal” is not a cow.  It’s the badger.  Yes, Wisconsinites have seen Bucky the Badger, the University of Wisconsin’s mascot.  But very few of them have ever seen a real badger.  Our property in Wisconsin was invaded by three badgers last year!!!!

The first sign of a badger invasion:

The first sign of the badger invasion was the yard, which was dug up.  Badgers prefer to live in open grasslands, fields and pastures.  My husband mows about four acres of our property and lets the rest of the grasses grow wild.