City sticks fork in chicken plan
EDGERTON--Monday could go down as the day the chicken died in Edgerton.
Or laid an egg, or clucked its last cluck, or crossed the road—and walked straight out of town.
Any way you slice it, the city of Edgerton is not going to allow people to keep backyard chickens in residential areas—at least not under the existing city council.
The council on Monday shot down a recommendation from the public works committee that would have had city staff spend time writing up rules for an ordinance for residents to keep hens in their backyards for eggs and as pets.
The recommendation was voted down via a 4-3 tiebreaker cast by Mayor Chris Lund.
Lund told the Gazette that residents he’d spoken with about the issue opposed backyard chickens on a “2-to-1” margin. He added that people in neighborhoods with small yards had concerns about chickens being too close to them, while others simply voiced the belief that chickens should be kept on farms, not in urban areas.
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