Urban Chickens On the Table.
The City Council Public Safety
heard another request for a change in the City
ordinance concerning chickens in city limits
during its regular meeting last Monday evening.
In response, the Committee agreed to place the
topic on the agenda for the next regular meeting
to be held February 27 at the Police Department.
Currently it is illegal to
"keep chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys,
pigeons, or other fowl except in an enclosure
which is not less than two hundred fifty feet
from any dwelling, church or school" in the
Mayor Mike Harris suggested
that the committee members investigate various
ordinances that have been passed in other
communities before the next meeting.
The following ordinance from
South Portland, Maine contains various typical
restrictions that several cities have adopted
that may be expected to be presented to the
Committee. No specific action has been taken by
the Committee to date.
an example only.
THE COUNCIL of the City of
South Portland hereby ordains that Chapter 3
"Animals and Fowl" of the "Code of
Ordinances of the City of South Portland,
Maine" be and hereby is amended as
follows:ARTICLE II. DOMESTICATED CHICKENS
The City recognizes that
adverse neighborhood impacts may result from the
keeping of domesticated chickens as a result of
noise, odor, unsanitary animal living conditions,
unsanitary waste storage and removal, the
attraction of predators, rodents, insects, or
parasites, and non-confined animals leaving the
owners property. This article is intended
to create licensing standards and requirements
that ensure that domesticated chickens do not
adversely impact the neighborhood surrounding the
property on which the chickens are kept.
Sec. 3-52. Permit Required.
An annual permit is required
for the keeping of any domesticated chickens in
the City of South Portland. Additionally, a
building permit is required for the construction
of a henhouse and chicken pen.
In the first permit year, no
more than twenty (20) permits shall be issued. In
each subsequent permit year, twenty (20) more
permits may be issued in addition to new permits
issued to previous permittees.
Sec. 3-54. Number and Type of
(a) The maximum number of
chickens allowed is six (6) per lot regardless of
how many dwelling units are on the lot. In the
case of residential condominium complexes without
individually owned back yards, the maximum number
of chickens allowed is six (6) per complex.
(b) Only female chickens are
allowed. There is no restriction on chicken
Sec. 3-55. Non-Commercial Use
Chickens shall be kept as pets
and for personal use only; no person shall sell
eggs or engage in chicken breeding or fertilizer
production for commercial purposes. The
slaughtering of chickens is prohibited.
Sec. 3-56. Enclosures.
(a) Chickens must be kept in an
enclosure or fenced area at all times. During
daylight hours, chickens may be allowed outside
of their chicken pens in a securely fenced yard
if supervised. Chickens shall be secured within
the henhouse during non-daylight hours.
(b) Enclosures must be clean,
dry, and odor-free, kept in a neat and sanitary
condition at all times, in a manner that will not
disturb the use or enjoyment of neighboring lots
due to noise, odor or other adverse impact.
(c) The hen house and chicken
pen must both be impermeable to rodents, wild
birds, and predators, including dogs and cats.
(1) shall be enclosed on all
sides and shall have a roof and doors. Access
doors must be able to be shut and locked at
night. Opening windows and vents must be covered
with predator- and bird-proof wire of less than
one (1) inch openings.
The use of scrap, waste board,
sheet metal, or similar materials is prohibited.
Foundation to Focus on Carthage.
CFSM has changed its name back
to Carthage Community Foundation and will be
focusing on the immediate Carthage area in the
future. According to spokesman Bill Putnam, the
organization feels they have successfully
launched the Community Foundation concept in the
wider area. There are now affiliates of Community
Foundation of the Ozarks in Sarcoxie, and Neosho,
with discussions ongoing in Barton and McDonald
counties. A new affiliate has launched in the
Joplin, Webb City, Carl Junction area and is
retaining the CFSM name for the time being.
Carthage will be having a grant
round for Carthage charities later this spring.
The board reorganized last week
and Don LaFerla is Chairman, Stan Schmidt is
Vice-Chairman, and Miriam Putnam is
Secretary/Treasurer. Other board members are:
Chuck Bryant, Kevin Checkett, Frank Dunaway, Bill
Lee, Carolyn Phelps, Lee Pound, Patrick Scott,
Jim Woestman and Bill Putnam.
CONTACT INFO IS:
Carthage Community Foundation
221 W. 4th St., Suite 11
Carthage, MO 64836
1st Ward Kirby Newport
1515 S. Buena (2 year term) incumbent
Trevor C. Smith 1124 Valley (2
2nd Ward Donald
McLaughlin 725 Olive (*2 year term) Unopposed
2nd Ward Lawrence Q. Chapin 728
W. Central (*1 year term) Unopposed
3rd Ward John Studebaker
1058 S. Garrison (2 year term) incumbent
Dustin Blankenship 1210 Douglas
Court (2 year term)
4th Ward Lee Carlson 721
Euclid Blvd (2 year term)
Dick Fanning 1815 Bluebird Way
(2 year term)
5th Ward Jason T.A.
Shelfer 1628 S. Maple Street (2 year term)
County Jail Count
179 January 17,
Including Placed out of County