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Halloween Trick-or-Treat Hours: 5-8, Sat. Oct. 31, 2015

Trick-or-treat will take place in Broadlands from 5 to 8 p.m., on Saturday, October 31st. This will give the kids a bit of extra daylight time to walk around.

(My own opinion: Halloween should always be on a Saturday).

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Village Board Meeting Minutes Updated

The minutes of the Village of Broadlands’ meetings have been uploaded for 2011-2015 (to date). They are available here.

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Chickens and Livestock in Town

A single resident has expressed concern about other residents’ chickens in town.  There was no mention of vermin, odor, or any other nuisance — just the mere fact that the resident(s) had chickens.  Chickens have been in town since at least 2011, and this has been the first complaint to my knowledge.

There is no ordinance prohibiting Broadlands residents from having chickens on their property.  Several families in Broadlands have chickens, and have had them for years, without any issues.

Furthermore, many other villages, towns, and cities allow residents to keep chickens within municipal limits.  With the price of eggs speculated to rise due to bird disease, perhaps more people should have a chicken or two.  Eggs are a healthy meal. It’s nice to know where your food comes from.  Are chickens really much different from having a dog as a pet?  Perhaps Broadlands should ban all dogs, if it’s going to ban chickens.  Maybe all outdoor animals should be prohibited.  Better not be any birds flying over your property! The concept is ridiculous.

The resident with a concern complained that someone could bring in 300 chickens.  I am not aware of any person in Broadlands with a lot that large.  The last time I knew, Tyson Poultry was not planning to relocate a chicken-rearing facility to Broadlands village limits.  Such a situation would trigger the Village’s nuisance laws, anyway. Moreover, swine (pigs, boars, etc.) are already prohibited from being kept in Village limits.  See the Ordinances page for further details.

Considering that residents have already had chickens for years, without problems; that our village is bounded on all sides by farmland, including land used to raise cows; and that there have been no substantial complaints about chickens in town, I think the Village Board’s decision to not address one person’s inordinate concern about chickens to be entirely appropriate.  Broadlands residents — feel free to have chickens; just keep them on your property.

 

 

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Threatening to kill dogs in town — totally inappropriate.

One Broadlands resident has threatened to “shoot” a neighbor’s small dog should it enter his property. The resident displayed a rifle-like gun in a threatening manner, and actually obstructed the dog’s owner from retrieving the dog.

Killing or injuring a person’s dog is a felony under Illinois State law. Such a terrible action is also subject to severe penalties under Illinois’ civil law.

One simply doesn’t get a free pass to kill a dog for entering one’s property.

The resident is warned. Especially this resident, who may have poisoned animals in the past and was warned about that. What a great name to give to the town. Self-help is not an option.

The appropriate means to resolve such issues would include: cordial discussion with the dog owner / neighbor, seeking help from the Village authorities, or calling Animal Control. Immediately threatening to kill a neighbor’s small dog, posing no threat of any danger, for passing through one’s yard, is simply inappropriate — especially when small children are around.

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1860s New York Times articles about our area

I stumbled across three New York Times articles describing the farm operations in and around what is now Broadlands.  One describes the vast amount of hedge — more than one hundred miles of it —  planted along the roads in the 1860s.  Unfortunately, not much of that precious shade remains today.  The area around Broadlands was at one time an enormous farm, owned by a single person. This article describes it as being “the largest farm in the world.”  Another article praises the (eventual) breakup of this vast estate, stating that smaller farms are of greater benefit to the community. It’s interesting to see the modern trend of the conglomeration of smaller farms into larger farming operations.

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2010 U.S. Census Soon To Begin in Broadlands

The 2010 United States Census is now in progress.  The federal Constitution requires that the federal government conduct a census every ten years, and the United States has done so since 1790.

Soon, census workers will be coming to Broadlands and surrounding communities.  These workers will be going door-to-door, verifying addresses, and delivering the official census questionnaires.  The census representative may ask Continue reading

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This is a space where you will find news about Broadlands, Illinois.

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