An ordinance to allow raising chickens inside Louisiana’s city limits has been prepared for review by the city council and City Attorney Robert Rapp.
The proposed law was introduced by councilman Chuck Hoffman at the Monday, Oct. 14 regular meeting.
Hoffman said raising chickens in cities is not unique, with such laws existing in St. Louis, San Francisco and New York
“It’s mostly for people who want fresh eggs,” explained councilwoman Kathy Smith.
“Eggs that you get at the store are one month old,” Hoffman said and could be tainted with salmonella.
However, councilman Monroe Elliott was not convinced.
“Why do people want to come to town to raise chickens?” he asked, adding that he wasn’t the world’s greatest chicken fan.
City administrator Bob Jenne said he did research on city chickens and found they could spread diseases. The council will discuss the ordinance in future meetings.
Program Director Lori Helkey informed the council of a new youth mentoring plan from the Twin Pike Family YMCA.
The “Reach and Rise” program will target at-risk youths who need need a meaningful relationship with an adult. The program is needed because of juvenile delinquency rates in the twin Pike counties and a lot of “kids not doing well,” Helkey said.
“We need adults to be matched up with a child for one year for one to three hours a week,” Helkey said.
Those interested can contact Helkey at 573-754-4497.
The city will hold its annual cleanup next week, Jenne said.
The cleanup allows city residents to dispose of large items like couches and refrigerators on their normally scheduled garbage pickup day, Jenne said.
Residents are limited to three large items apiece.
Councilmen Bart Niedner and Sal Pollice were both absent from the meeting.
Niedner said he had a recurring migraine headache come on as he was walking out his door to the meeting and couldn’t see to drive. Niedner said he was okay in a few hours and regretted missing the session.
Pollice said he was on a vacation he had scheduled prior to his election in April.