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Horse...uh...‘stuff’ back for discussion

June 22, 2011

    A messy, smelly subject resurfaced for the first time in nearly two years at Tuesday night's meeting of Decatur City Council: horse manure on city streets.
    Mayor John Schultz initiated the discussion when he spoke of an "irate" message recently left on his home phone by a city resident.
    The caller was complaining about a major mess. Councilman Charlie Cook, who checked on the pile, said it was strung out "for almost 60 feet."
    "I just don't know what we can do; I don't," said an exasperated Schultz. "But it's not fair to people."
    The problem, of course, is coming from horses pulling Amish buggies. And as more Amish are moving nearer Decatur from southern parts of the county, more of the Amish people are spending time in the city.
    Cook made the point that since most of the Amish are going to Walmart, the Scott's supermarket area, and/or Adams Memorial Hospital, the majority of future complaints about horse manure are going to involve the same several streets.
    Storm Water Superintendent Joan Eichhorn said she "did some checking on the pollution aspect" of the manure and noted that she could not find one community that had produced a workable solution.
    Councilman Matt Dyer, a Decatur businessman, interjected another aspect of the quandry when he said, "They are coming to town to spend money."
    "I understand the feelings of businesses on this," the mayor said.
    It was there that the discussion ended, likely to arise another day.

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