Amending a Randall town ordinance to allow 4-H participants to keep project animals at home took another step forward this week.
But the matter was not voted on because the board made an change to the amendment drafted by the town attorney.
Julie Bonogofsky appeared before the Town Board last month to ask the board to grant permission for her daughter to be able to keep two lambs on the family’s one acre property in the Arrowhead North Subdivison. The daughter is enrolled in the 4-H sheep project, in which youngsters care for and then exhibit lambs at the Kenosha County Fair. For the last two years, the daughter has been traveling to a sheep farm to care for her animals. Having the lambs at her own home would allow more time to be spent working with the animals.
The board asked the town attorney to draft an amendment to the town ordinance regarding keeping animals to allow such uses. While discussing that amendment Thursday the board discovered a limit of two animals allowed. While that limit would work for larger animals, such as the sheep that the Bonogofskys want to keep, some board members pointed out that it might not work as well for smaller animals, such as poultry or rabbits. Setting the limit at two also might be a problem in multiple children households, they said, though some board members read the ordinance as allowing two animals per child.
Speaking from the audience, Randall Municipal Judge Charles Gitzinger suggested a line be added to the amendment saying the limit could be adjusted by Town Board action in response to individual requests. The board seemed to favor something like that suggestion and postponed a vote to have the town attorney add that provision.