It was 3 a.m. a couple of years ago when the rustic nature of Livingston County stirred Dolores Pitts from a deep sleep.
"I was convinced that someone was being attacked," she said. "My husband was, too. It wasn't until daylight that we went out and looked around. That's when we realized it was a peacock."
The peacocks belong to neighbor Sam Campbell. He also owns roosters, dogs, chickens and other animals that he keeps on the 37 acres that abut the condominiums in Hamburg Township.
If you don't like the animals, Ann Arbor is just 15 minutes south of Hamburg. Most of this county was farm or to a lesser extent woods. It is the buyers' responsibilities to know the neighborhood and know the area they are moving. I live near railroad tracks. They were there before me. I had fair warning before moving here that trains and their whistles would be a problem at times. That's life. If there is one thing that bothers me, it is when the city moves to the country, tries to eliminate country values, and then uses the heavy hand of government to change the country to recreate their city.
The animal noise and the smells — particularly from chicken manure — irritate the residents of the 7-year-old Summer Park Condominiums. They say the use of the land for farm-like operations doesn't predate current zoning, which means they can't be grandfathered.
That argument mystifies Campbell, a Hamburg native, who says animals have always been a part of the land that's been in his family for three generations.
The original owner of the land where the condos sit, he said, used to keep horses, mules and rabbits
Those in the right are those who are there first. This is a clear cut case. 60+ years of animals vs seven years of condos. Period, end of storty. There should not even be a discussion here.