Danville committee to consider chickens

Danville committee to consider chickens

DANVILLE — Another East Central Illinois city will be discussing the possibility of allowing chickens within its borders.

For two years, Joyce Schmitt has been asking the city of Danville to allow chickens in the city. On Tuesday, the Danville city council's public services committee will discuss the subject.

The committee meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal building, 17 W. Main St., Danville.

Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said last fall that besides Schmitt, a few other residents have asked if chickens could be allowed in the city. At that time, Eisenhauer said he planned to get a copy of Champaign's new ordinance for reference and research what other cities have done before taking the issue to the city council's public services committee to see if aldermen would like to move forward with such an ordinance.

Despite it being against city ordinances, Schmitt was raising five chicks about two years ago and converted a dog pen to a chicken yard behind her house on Robinson Street. Besides giving her some entertainment, Schmitt wanted the eggs and something to do for her brother, Paul "Buzz" Cassady. City inspectors shut down her chicken coop, but she defied city ordinance again the next year, and began raising chickens.

Just after the hens started laying eggs, the city shut down the operation again. Schmitt has given the hens to a friend who lives on a farm outside the city limits.

Alderman also will consider at Tuesday's meeting a detailed agreement between the city and county for animal control services. The county has been providing services to the city for the last few months under an interim agreement after the Humane Society of Danville decided to no longer provide animal control services to the city. This agreement defines the intergovernmental agreement in detail, including what the city will pay the county month to month.

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