The Howard County Board of Appeals delayed closing arguments and deliberations Tuesday, Sept. 6 in the zoning case involving 22 monkeys at a Woodstock animal sanctuary.
The case regarding Frisky's Wildlife and Primate Sanctuary dates back to 1999, when the sanctuary's owner, Colleen Layton, was cited for operating a charity without the appropriate zoning exception. The Board of Appeals proceedings are just the latest in the ongoing legal battle Frisky's has been fighting against its neighbors, Richard Wyckoff, and his wife, Julianne Tuttle.
After waiting nearly an hour Sept. 6 for the fifth board member to show for the scheduled hearing of closing arguments and work session to discuss a decision, board chairman James Walsh announced that member Maurice Simpkins, reached by phone, was "unavoidably detained" and would not make the meeting.
Not wanting to risk a 2-2 split vote, Walsh said the board would hear closing arguments Tuesday night and schedule a work session to deliberate on the case after Simpkins has an opportunity to listen to an audio recording of the closing arguments.
But when Frisky's attorney Fred Lauer got up to give his closing arguments he noted that he had not received a copy of the opposition's written closing arguments. The opposition had mailed the memorandum, but there was an address misunderstanding. With another date needed to deliberate, both parties agreed to also delay giving closing arguments.
A date for closing arguments and deliberations has not been set.