Southold: Pick up your donkey’s poop or you’ll pay

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Southold Town has scheduled a hearing over possible fines for not cleaning up pet waste from town properties.

The Town Board will hold public hearings in upcoming weeks to expand its law regulating pet waste, as well as establishing a procedure to have hazardous utility poles removed.

Assistant town attorney Jennifer Andaloro said the town’s expanded “Waterfowl and Gull Feeding and Domestic Pet Waste” law aims to reduce nitrogen loading.

In addition to prohibiting feeding waterfowl or gulls, the code would require people to pick up their pet’s waste when walking them on publicly owned land. But the law isn’t just about curbing your dog. It includes all animals considered as domestic pets, such as cats, horses, swine, donkeys and goats.

Violators could face a fine of up to $250 for each offense.

The public hearing is set for June 5.

On May 8 the board will entertain comments on a method to remove defunct utility poles.

Under the proposal, the town’s highway superintendent will cite the owner of any damage pole with a 20 day deadline, ordering the pole removed. The law also aims at riding the area of “double poles,” which is described as when a new utility pole is installed near and old one, which is not removed.

Violations could bring a fine of up to $250 per day.

Read more from Tuesday’s Town Board meeting in Thursday’s issue of The Suffolk Times.

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