SPARTANSBURG — A state agency has told a Spartansburg man that a horse barn and subsequent manure next to his property are not the state’s responsibility.

Clarence “Sonney” Fuller, of 247 Mechanic St., has contacted Spartansburg Borough Council and other state and local agencies concerning the horse barn that Fuller says is too close to his property and poses a health concern. Fuller believes the liquid manure runs onto his property, and the horses are not properly cared for.

Fuller has asked Borough Council to take action against the homeowner, Rodney Johnson, because, in addition to the manure, the unsanitary conditions have resulted in rats on both properties.

Council, however, does not have an ordinance that pertains to horses.

On Tuesday, Fuller gave Spartansburg Borough Council a letter from Dennis C. Wolff, secretary of the state’s Department of Agriculture. The letter was in response to a letter Fuller wrote to Gov. Ed Rendell about the horse barn.

In his letter, Wolff wrote that land-use decisions in the commonwealth are made at the local municipal level, not the state level.

“Specifically, the Municipalities Planning Code permits local governments to pass ordinances which permit or restrict certain activities within their borders,” the letter stated. “It is also the responsibility of local government to enforce these ordinances.”

See the Journal's Wednesday, June 2nd edition for full story.

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