Paxton council takes no action on allowing chickens

Paxton council takes no action on allowing chickens

PAXTON — Aldermen will do further research before they decide whether to discuss allowing poultry within city limits.

Resident Don Miller told the city council that several residents approached him, wanting him to seek permission to raise hens. Alderman Rick Wolfe said he wants to hear from residents who personally want the new ordinance. Other aldermen made no comment.

City Attorney Ross Sorensen had provided the council with proposed ordinance language that would permit a maximum of six hens, prohibit roosters and outline requirements for housing the fowl.

A 1967 ordinance still on the books prohibits poultry unless it is housed at least 150 feet away from any residence. Miller told the council he knows where pheasants are being raised in a garage in his southeastern neighborhood. Police Chief Bob Bane told the council he would address the matter.

In other council business:

— It approved the budgeted purchase of new pick-up trucks for the water and street departments. Using the state bid, the water department will pay $23,045 and the street department $28,500. The latter price includes a V plow. Street superintendent Randy Swan said it will be used for snow plowing and the smaller truck will offer more maneuverability for that task.

— It agreed to pay Leander Construction up to 95 percent of what it owes for work on the wastewater plant. The work was substantially completed by May 21 but was supposed be done by May 1. Next month, the city will withhold $6,500 in late fees when it settles up final payment for the project.

— It approved allowing camping at the airport for the night of June 21. Airport operator Jef LeRette sought permission because he plans a special sky-diving event that weekend, bringing in a larger plane. LeRette runs a sky-diving school from the airport.

CAROL THILMONY

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