Council votes to allow four backyard chickens for city residents

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City leaders have amended the city’s animal ordinance that will now allow residents to have up to four backyard chickens.

The issue brought before city council members Tuesday evening came after months of work by a 10-member citizen committee that volunteered to sit down with councilman Tom Dell and councilwoman Laurie Booher in a series of meetings to craft a compromise.

Those individuals included five people who expressed pro-backyard chicken sentiments and five who had expressed anti-backyard chicken opinions.

The amendment was originally crafted to allow six chickens, but was reduced to four in the council vote.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com