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Riverdale rejects chicken ordinance

By  |  Posted Feb 9th, 2011 @ 9:00am



RIVERDALE -- The Riverdale City Council is taking a "don't ask, don't tell" approach to the issue of chickens in residential areas.

The Standard-Examiner reports after much debate, the City Council decided against adopting detailed rules regarding chicken coops.

During the debate, which included council members and residents, opponents expressed concerns that chickens could bring avian diseases and lead to acceptance of larger farm animals.

The paper quoted Bart Stevens as saying, "When you buy in a residential neighborhood you have a reasonable expectation that there will not be farm animals."

Proponents pointed out that the city has received no complaints, and some other cities allow chickens in residential areas.

Rather than pass an ordinance, they opted for what city Councilwoman Shelley Jenkins calls the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Potential complaints will be dealt with under the city's nuisance ordinance.

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