Hot Springs Horse Manure Initiative (2009)
The Hot Springs Horse Manure Initiative was on the June 2, 2009 municipal election ballot.
The ballot measure requests that the Hot Springs city council reverse a decision that prohibited property owner Martin Dahl from "depositing horse manure in his backyard" and repay Dahl $800 as compensation for not only the court fees and fine but also the cost for removing the manure as requested by court order. Additionally the initiative states that a motion will be filed in the magistrate court to void the Oct. 22, 2008 court order.
According to city officials petitioners collected 193 signatures, more than the necessary 5 percent of registered voters required to place the initiative on the ballot. The petition was accepted by the city council at an April 6, 2009 meeting. The initiative defeated.
This issue began in 2008 after a complaint was made when Dahl hauled a large amount of manure onto his own property. According to court documents in October 2008 after a guilty plea, Dahl was sentenced to a $200 fine, $53 in court costs and ordered to remove the manure. Additionally Dahl was prohibited from hauling more manure onto his property for six months.