Mulgrave town officials say they’re taking their time as they try to draft an animal bylaw.
Some residents who have backyard farms have been at odds with town officials for months; both sides have held several meetings to try to reach a resolution in the dispute.
After December’s regular town council meeting Monday night, Ralph Hadley, Mulgrave’s mayor, told The Hawk they want to make sure they get it right the first time.
“Some people figure we can just make a bylaw overnight,” he said. “We’re trying to make a bylaw that we can all agree on, and that it’s not going to affect people down the road for years to come.”
Hadley said their counterparts in other areas, including the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, are dealing with similar issues, and they’d like to wait to learn how those situations play out.
He said a plebiscite is also an option.
A member of the gallery said an unnamed town councillor called him to ask why he signed a petition on the issue; Hadley said they’d ask their solicitor how to deal with that complaint.