After months of neighbors' petitions and planning board delays,  Lauren Bachner had her kennel and dog-day care approved last week in a split vote.

Planning boards are a good and necessary part of town government. But they must work efficiently if they are to be effective and fair to the citizens they are meant to serve.

One kennel was approved on Price Lane with conditions while a second, on Unionville-Feura Bush Road, had the public hearing left open.

A proposal to put a kennel in the Residential Agricultural district in New Scotland has neighbors concerned about smells, noises, and increased traffic near their homes. But the owner believes she can answer those concerns.

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