Mayor Hindman asks for urban chicken ordinance

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 4:54 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 20, 2009

COLUMBIA — Mayor Darwin Hindman asked Monday that an ordinance to allow Columbia residents to raise chickens on their property be prepared for consideration by the City Council.

Previously, members of the Columbia/Boone County Board of Health did not send any recommendation regarding the ordinance. During a pre-council meeting Monday, Director of Public Health Stephanie Browning spoke to the council about the urban chicken issue.

Browning explained that the Board of Health was divided about the recommended ordinance because some members thought chickens had no place in the city, while others could not agree about specific stipulations in the ordinance.

Some board members would not pass an ordinance that required chicken owners to obtain permission from neighbors, while others refused to pass an ordinance without this requirement.

Since the Board of Health did not send a recommendation to the Council for consideration, Browning said she will likely be preparing the ordinance because she is familiar with the issue.

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Ray Shapiro October 20, 2009 | 1:42 p.m.

Didn't this town just spend 3/4 of a million dollars on a "nuisance" department?
Having neighbors with chicken coops would be a nuisance to many.
(Although foxes, rats, cats, possums, raccoons, badgers and my neighbor's dog would think it a treat.)

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Charles Dudley Jr October 20, 2009 | 3:36 p.m.

Maybe Mayor Hiney should call on Super Chicken:


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Rachel Brekhus October 20, 2009 | 4:57 p.m.

I would not raise chickens but I do not particularly mind if my neighbors want to raise chickens. I hear all sorts of noise (birds, motorcycles, dogs, you name it) out my window at all hours...what's one more?

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Charles Dudley Jr October 20, 2009 | 6:18 p.m.

This video is so wrong on so many levels but in relation to this issue of Mayor Hiney seemingly wanting a "Chicken in every backyard" before he leaves office this video is more than politically correct by nature:

We really need more such diversity amongst our animal friends don't we?

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