TOWN OF RIDGWAY Goats on trial
Friday, 22 November 2013 05:39
By Bill Tiedje
During Ridgway Municipal Court held on Nov. 14, Judge David Westfall presiding, Janet Smith of Ridgway plead not guilty to charges of keeping livestock in town and creating a nuisance.
Smith said her goats were in an agricultural area not accessible by automobile and were grazing overgrown coyote willows.
Summonses for the violations were issued on Sept. 14 at 1:55 p.m. at the 100 block of Sherman Street.
Both municipal violations carry a $300 fine as well as the possibility for confinement or impoundment fees.
Deputy Marshal Jeff Hunt indicated Town of Ridgway Attorney John Kappa would prosecute the case.
In June 2010, Smith was found guilty of keeping a rooster within town limits and was forced to pay a $300 fine after a two day jury trial.
Smith said she believed the town's cost in the rooster case was $17,000 and she paid $13,500 in attorney fees.
A date for the trial by jury will be set on Dec. 14.