Many people have expressed concerns about the horse’s wellbeing and the Village shares these concerns. The village council gives the carriage company a franchise, similar to a taxi company franchise, to operate. As a precondition to the franchise grant, the company is required to submit an annual certification from a licensed Veterinarian stating that the horse is in good health and that the horse will be provided water when resting/not pulling the carriage. The Village can terminate the franchise if the operator fails to meet their responsibilities under the agreement. The current operator has complied with these conditions; accordingly we do not feel we have, at this time, a legal basis to revoke the franchise. The police will continue to monitor the situation to ensure compliance with the laws and the well-being of the horse.
Mayor Bill Tomko