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Rooftop cow can stay for now, council says

The cow can stay on the roof, at least until the end of the year.

In response to public outcry over an order to remove a life-sized cow statue from the roof of a cheese shop in Orleans, the city’s planning and environment committee unanimously approved a motion to review the city’s signage bylaw Tuesday.

The motion from Orleans Coun. Bob Monette includes a provision to allow the cow to stay on the roof until the review is completed prior to Dec. 31.

Jacques Leury, the manager of Cheddar Et Cetera said the cow makes it easy to find the store. He said it was part of their tradition. The store represents 40 farmers from eastern Ontario.

Leury and many supporters attended the meeting expecting to have to fight, but were happy to take yes for an answer.

“I was very surprised. I thought we’d have a big debate today,” he said. “I think everyone is very pleased about this.”

Since the review is unscheduled, the bylaw department is estimating that it will cost $20,000 to hire outside consultants do the work. That money would come from the city’s building code services funds.

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