On Tuesday night, the Fairview City Council told a family to move a chicken coop which was placed on the family’s property.


On Tuesday night, the Fairview City Council told a family to move a chicken coop which was placed on the family’s property.

“We had the city attorney there and we told him (Harley E. Minnier, Jr., boyfriend of Teresa Loncarich, 101 Montgomery St.), that there were too many ordinances that it was breaking, that no exceptions could be made for them,” Fairview Mayor Sid Oliver said.

Prior to the January council meeting, a refrigerated trailer was moved into Loncarich’s property, just a few doors south of city hall. One of her children, Holly, a junior at East Newton High School and an FFA student, was hoping to use the trailer as a chicken clinic.

According to the city’s ordinance, “no person shall keep chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons or other fowl in an enclosure which is less than 25 feet from any dwelling, church or school, as measured from the exterior boundary of such enclosure, nor shall any person permit the accumulation of manure in any such enclosure.”

Oliver then said Minnier would use it as something else, like a storage unit.

“We have another ordinance that you can’t have it within 10 feet of the property line,” the mayor said. “He said, ‘Well, I will just use it as a storage shed.’ No, it is sitting right on the property line, you can’t do that either.”

After the council meeting, Minnier told the Neosho Daily News about his feelings on having to move the trailer.

“(I am) majorly (disappointed),” Minnier said. “Well, they are going to make me move the trailer. They don’t want it inside the city limits at all, no matter where I put it, they don’t want it.”

The council did not give Minnier any deadline to move it, but said it would have to be immediate.

“He said he couldn’t do it in the mud, but we said, ‘well we understand that, but it’s got to be immediate, with weather permitting,’” said Oliver.

“I have to come up with a place to put it now, Minnier said. “I have money tied up in it.”