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Proposed Chicken Ordinance Divides Stewartville

Created: 06/11/2014 7:20 PM KAALtv.com

(ABC 6 News) -- Stewartville could become the latest town to allow chickens within city limits. In April, 10-year-old Cooper Reed asked the city council to consider the idea.

Since then, the proposal has gained support.

"I think there's a lot that can be learned from taking care of these chickens. The fact is, it's not going to hurt anybody next door. There's going to be three chickens, the ordinance is well written. I have no problem supporting them," said City Council Member Jerry Burgr.

But, not everyone is in support of the proposal.

"Not right to be in town, make too much noise and the droppings. Just a nuisance I would think," said Betty Theuner.

"This is, not only about the people who want chickens in town, it's also about the people who have to live next to them. I want to be able to open my window and get fresh air in my house and not be offended by odor coming from 25 feet away,” said City Council Member Roger Hanson.

In response to the issue, the city council put together a draft ordinance. The ordinance would allow no more than three chickens per permit, no roosters and the coop would be required to be at least 25 feet from other buildings.

On July 8th, the community will have the chance to voice their opinions.

"The council decided it might be best to hold a public hearing and that'll give the citizens a chance to get their ideas and feelings and concerns across publicly," said City Administrator Bill Schimmel.