The following comments are from my letter to Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis and to the Equestrian Preserve Committee:
Our equestrian community represents a great economic engine to the village. We have always dealt with the animal waste successfully. Now we have an 18-page proposal within the village to simply revoke the few spreading permits existing and require all new regulations for storage bins. This would require removing and rebuilding many bins and relocating them on the property. Perhaps it could end up in the riding ring!
Why go through this? It does nothing to help the ecology and simply dumps our waste on our neighbors. Manure is mostly moisture, and the best solution is to spread it, not pile it up to attract rodents, flies and mosquitoes. We should redirect our efforts to a solution such as burning to produce power or composting at the village level and sell the compost. Spreading is the best solution for small farms with one animal per acre.
The Equestrian Preserve Committee has wisely voted to ask the council to stop this ill-advised effort. I could not agree more.