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'Battle' draws complaint

June 09, 2000|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A woman who rescues Belgian draft horses and keeps them at her farm says noise from a Civil War re-enactment last weekend startled her animals.

Nancy Lutz told the Jefferson County Commissioners Thursday that horses on her property kicked down a fence during the Thunder in the Valley re-enactment.

The re-enactment was held on farmland Lutz owns with her brother along Summit Point Road about three miles west of town. Lutz said her brother gave organizers permission to have the re-enactment, but she did not believe the event would be held.

Jefferson County does not have a noise ordinance. Lutz asked the commissioners to support state legislation that would allow the county to pass such a law.

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Organizers of the re-enactment did not get a permit, Jefferson County Planning Director Paul Raco said. Because the re-enactment was held in a zoning district known as a rural district, organizers were required to obtain a "zoning certificate for seasonal use," he said.

The Jefferson County Zoning Board of Appeals would have had to hold a public hearing on the event, he said.

Raco said he could not take any action on last weekend's re-enactment because he did not witness it.

Bob Pratt, president of the Charles Town Heritage Assocation, which sponsored the event, could not be reached for comment.

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