Monday, December 17, 2007
All right, what exactly did you expect horse shit to smell like?
It's an old, old sprawl story. Suburbanites seeking the security of country living suddenly find themselves confronted with rural smells, sights or practices which may have been there for centuries, and now they want them to stop.
What's most odd about this story, is that Ron and Stephanie Borelli, own horses. So when they built a home adjacent to a horse farm, one would expect they would have known what they were getting into.
Apparently not. The Borelli's have sued their neighbors, the Hill Farm, and are now trying to get the town to stop the farm from holding horse shows on the property. The horse shows may violate Middletown's commercial zoning regulations.
Ron Borelli is a Republican member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Courant reports that Mayor Sebastian Giuliano is an ally in Borelli's fight with the Hill Farm. I guess if you want experts in horse shit, you could do worse than to consult a politician.
BTW, there is a monetary value to horse manure, that should not be overlooked in determining a solution to this problem. Not so sure about horse urine.