Alright. Some of you know that we recently bought a small farmhouse on 3 acres. I have one direct neighbor across the street. He's a very nice, quiet man. I send baked goods over and he gives us fruit from his orchard. I think it's a good relationship. Anyways, I have 5-6 people that live further down the dead end back road that we live on. We had to completely gut this house, since the previous owners trashed it. And I mean trashed it. There was no kitchen at all when we moved in. Needless to say, I've had my hands full. I contacted the 'only' guy that we were told picks up garbage. His rates are ridiculous, so we decided on getting a dumpster. I just had to put away some extra cash. DH hasn't worked any over time lately, so the trash sat awhile longer than I had hoped. I was out cutting firewood yesterday and had a car creep by the house twice. I walked out to the road and waited for him to drive by again. He stopped and rolled down the window and I asked if I could help him. He's apparently some township official and says there's been several complaints from the same woman that lives at the end of our road about the trash and the dogs. I only have 2 dogs, they're relatively quiet unless someone pulls into the drive. The guy proceeds to tell me I need a permit to build any buildings (which I didn't, the barn was already here), there's a township code saying I can't have more than 4 animals and that I had to remove the trash or we'd go to magistrate. Jesus. Was that my warning or what? He was very rude, very old and repeated himself several times. I called about the dumpster, I need to sign the papers and it will be here on Monday. I moved the dogs from near the driveway to further back near the woods. There's not much I can do about the chicken barn... should I put up a privacy fence or what? I just can't believe it's someone who drives BY the house that's complaining, not the guy that LIVES across the street. That seems like a busy body to me. It's not like I had no intentions of moving the trash. And I am certainly not a pitbull breeder, like the previous owners. My dogs are labrador mixes. And who cares about my chickens!?! They aren't bothering anyone and the cockerels don't even crow yet. Funny, Jake the turkey gobbles all the time, yet no one complained about him (then again, you can't see his cage from the road). They just don't like seeing the chicken run driving by? I'm a good neighbor, I wave and smile and talk to everyone that comes by here. I don't understand why this township official was so rude to me. I don't even know if I placed this in the right forum section. I just needed to vent and ask advice I guess.