Numerous cases currently caught up in the judicial system involving Amish who have been charged with violating an Auburn ordinance, have been scheduled at the beginning of next year by County Attorney Joe Ross. Ross made the move to see what the Auburn City Council will do at its Nov. 13 meeting.

Those Amish have been charged with not paying a $50 fee for violating the city’s ordinance requiring collection devices on their horses. Several cases have made their way through the court system over the past two years, one where two Amish served jail time.

A second reading amending the city’s animal ordinance is on the table in two weeks, which if passed, will extract a portion that was added to require collection devises on all large animals traveling through the city limits of Auburn.

With the passing of this amendment, the Amish community who was affected most by the law, will be able to move freely through the city, as will their horses.

Councilwoman Thelma Cottrell made the motion to amend the ordinance, calling the law “ridiculous” and claiming the people of Auburn are tired of the negative publicity the issue has brought the small town. Councilmen Steve Montgomery, Claude Tisdale and Ricky Heflin are in favor of the change, while councilmen Rex Evans and Bobby Price are not. A first reading of the amendment was held Monday, Oct. 9 and drew the same vote.

The Auburn City Council voted unanimously to require the devices in 2014 after trying to get the Amish to “clean up after themselves.” The issue has been going on for over seven years with complaints coming into the city about the smell and nuisance of the manure.

The city’s mayor, Mike Hughes said he would follow what the council decided to do.

“It is up to the council,” said Hughes. “The City of Auburn has been trying for years to come up with a solution to the issue with our Amish neighbors. The council decided to amend the city’s ordinance to require devices as a way to solve this lengthy issue. If they choose to change it back that will be up to them. I will enforce this amendment just as I have others made in the past. The council speaks with their vote.”

The Monday, Nov. 13 meeting of the Auburn City Council will be held at 6 p.m. at the City Hall and is open to the public.