We, the undersigned residents of Bolton and other interested persons, request wildlife rehabilitation on the property of Bernard and Patricia Marki, at 2 Braley Point Road be restored immediately.
We feel very strongly that:
Patricia and Bernard Marki have saved thousands of wild animals in Bolton over the past nine years, without incident. Patricia has educated thousands of children in the community. As a volunteer paramedic in Bolton for over 20 years, Bernard has saved human lives in our community as well. Patricia is a valuable resource to local police, State Department of Environmental Conservation and United State Fish and Wildlife field staff and her local community. The loss of the volunteer services the Marki’s provide will have far reaching consequences.
A handful of the Marki’s neighbors, led by Anothony DePace (Town Zoning Board Member), are suddenly contending that the hidden caging on the Marki’s 9-acre property is an eyesore and will reduce the value of his property. According to zestimate.com, there is no indication that the property values in the Marki’s neighborhood have decreased in the nearly 10 years they have been rehabilitating wildlife. DePace further claims the cages, which were erected several years ago, are not permitted under the town’s zoning laws yet Mr. DePace failed to complain about the caging when they were first built. Mr. DePace claimed on a deposition that a wild owl came from the Marki’s property and ‘swooped him’. The animals in the care of the Marki’s are kept caged at all times and most are too injured to fly. These allegations are untimely and a stretch from reality.
As a member of the Town’s Zoning Board, Mr. DePace’s influence over the Marki’s activities is an unethical conflict of interest. Though he has recused himself from this case, DePace’s influence will undoubtedly affect the outcome.
The Marki’s have done much for the community of Bolton. It is time for the community to speak up and show up to support the Marki’s. Otherwise, the wildlife they rescue will suffer at the hands of a select few.
Please sign the online petition and mark your calendar to attend the Zoning Board meeting on July 15th at 6:30pm – the support, en mass, of the community is necessary to have the most impact on the decision of the Board.
"Neighbors: Stop helping hurt birds":
What is wildlife rehabilitation?:
Roles and Benefits of local wildlife rehabilitators:
NYS Municipal Zoning Guidance:
Town of Bolton Zoning Ordinance: