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Barsanti Considers Litigation Against Palatine After 'No' Vote on Chickens

The Palatine village council unanimously voted against allowing a chicken coop in the backyard at a residence in the 500 block of Daniels Road. The petitioners are now considering litigation against the village for violation of due process.

The tone was slighly contentious at the village council meeting Monday night, as resident Vanessa Barsati attempted to plead her case so she could install a chicken coop in her backyard at 511 Daniels Road. 

"Previous issues [with a neighbor] have not been resolved, this was tabled with the intention that something might be worked out here," said Aaron Del Mar, District 1 councilman. 

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Barsanti said Harrison refused to speak with her about her her concerns to try and find a resolution.

"If I am not able to speak to the concerns [of Ann Harrson], you will be violating my due process. I have substantial evidence from realtors, people who own chickens, that Mrs. Harrison's conerns are not valid," Barsanti said. "This is a violation of my procedural due process."

"The public hearing is closed," said Patrick Brankin, village attorney. "Mrs. Barsanti has been afforded her due process rights."

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During an August committe of the whole meeting of the village council is when Harrison presented her concerns and the village council voted 6-1 against the petition, but allowed it to be tabled until Barsanti and Harrison could come to some sort of consensus on the issue. 

Barsanti said after the meeting Monday, she is weighing her options. 

"I have submitted a preservation notice to the village, it alerts them they must save all evidence regarding this issue," Barsanti said.

I have evidence that Ann Harrison's concerns are not valid, and because I feel I have been denied the opportunity to present that information, I am considering litigation against the village, Barsanti said. 

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Lynn November 14, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Exactly, the community was not allowed to present their evidence or testimony.
Scott November 14, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Jerry - are you saying that Democracy says majority rules when - for example - it comes to issues of religion, free speech, etc? If so, most of what we hold dear would not be allowed since the majority may object (eg, fringe religions, flag burning, etc)
Lynn November 14, 2012 at 11:47 PM
"Democracy is meant to ensure that each citizen has an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives." That did not happen last night and the needs of the people were not protected!!!!! Equal say was not honored when assurances of equal say were made.The councilman and the mayor should be held accountable for their overall bias and actions last night. This is not because the Barsanti's didn't get their way. Cross-examination and additional testimony of the constituents was denied.
ChiTownRunnr November 15, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I suppose this is what happens when lawyers want to keep chickens.
ChiJaki November 15, 2012 at 03:30 AM
I made a comment.. it is my opinion.. There is no need to be rude in comments about my post. 1 neighbor came forth to object the chickens. So this 1 neighbor has this much power? Seems unfair to me. It is just my thought on the matter.

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