June 25, 1993

Plan to operate dog kennel rejected

The county Office of Administrative Hearings has rejected a homeowner's plan to operate a dog kennel in Pinehurst on the Bay.

Temporary Hearing Officer Roger A. Perkins denied Richard and Beverly Flieg of Riverside Drive a special exception to have a kennel with five dog runs on a lot smaller than allowed under county zoning ordinances. The property, bordering on Bodkin Creek, is one fifth of an acre. Zoning law requires three acres for a kennel.

Other Pinehurst on the Bay residents opposed the plan, telling Mr. Perkins they feared excessive noise, motor vehicle traffic and animal waste washing into the creek.

Mr. Perkins agreed, adding that the applicants had shown no public need for a kennel. "Rather, the basis of their application is to keep an excessive number of dogs on their property," he wrote.

Demonstrating public need is a requirement for receiving a special exception.

The applicants could not be reached. But Mr. Flieg had said in earlier interviews that he wanted the kennel to keep his purebred show dogs.

The applicants have 30 days to challenge the ruling to the county Board of Appeals.


* Lake Shore: Thieves stole lawn equipment valued at $544 from a shed behind a home in the 100 block of Lake Shore Drive between 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

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