I have lived in Delta County for nearly 20 years. The people of this county traditionally valued property rights very highly.
I can't tell you how many times I have heard individuals say with pride, "The good news is I can do what I want with my property, the bad news is so can my neighbor." Now we have planning being imposed on us by a liberal out-of-county judge. West Slope Egg Layers had requested that Judge Patrick visit its facility. However, the plaintiffs were opposed to the visit and, because Judge Patrick was more worried about polishing his chair than learning the facts, he ruled that he would not visit the "chicken house." Had he visited the neighborhood it would have been obvious where the stench was coming from. It is my hope that the citizens of Delta County stand up and tell our elected commissioners to inform Judge Patrick that this is our county and as elected officials we make the rules.
The other part I want to remind everyone of, is that agriculture is the number one contributor to the economy of this county. Judge Patrick's ruling sets the precedent that if you claim what your neighbor is doing is adversely affecting your health then your neighbor has to cease and desist.
By state law chickens are considered livestock, just like cattle, sheep, horses and pigs. Hence the door is open to shut down every livestock operation in the county. If you raise field corn for livestock feed, there is nothing to eat your corn. You may want to switch to sweet corn; however, because sweet corn takes considerably more spraying, you will run the risk of "making" someone sick so you are out of business. Every phase of agriculture has the very real threat of being put out of business because of this ruling. So by all means, let's shut down agriculture in Delta County and see how many jobs and businesses survive.