Village chicken farmer won an appeal, but Earlville continues case against him

EARLVILLE – The Village of Earlville continues to ticket a resident for harboring farm animals at his North Main Street home despite a higher court ruling in June that reversed a previous code violation conviction.

Michael Kicinski, who keeps chickens for a part-time business and hobby, was granted an appeal by Madison County Court in June, but appeared again before the village court last week after receiving yet another ticket.

No ruling was made at a hearing on Dec. 8. Village Mayor Toni Campbell said the attorneys on both sides of the case requested additional time to reconsider the violation.

Campbell also said her interpretation of Madison County’s ruling was that it was not exactly in favor of Kicinski’s appeal, but was rather thrown out based on procedural errors.

“I believe the local law was drafted, approved and filed through the proper procedures and that the merit of this law is not in question by the Appellate Court,” she stated.

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