By Jeff Guy
During its Nov. 2 meeting, the Greensburg City Council discussed the possibility of amending a city ordinance to allow city residents to own chickens.
City Administrator Kyler Ludwig said the council had discussed the issue during a May 6, 2013 meeting. The council reviewed an amendment to the Sustainable Land Development Code entitled “Personal animal husbandry special exception.” The ordinance, which would have given the council authority to regulate residential chickens died due to lack of a motion.
At the request of a resident, the issue was brought before the council again. The person regretted not being able to attend the Nov. 2 meeting, Ludwig said.
The issue is “frequently brought before council because of the sustainable ideas of chickens,” Ludwig said.
Council member Haley Kern said, “No one’s come to the council to persuade me either way.”
A lot of cities have started allowing chickens within city limits, Ludwig said.
The present ordinance prohibits residents from housing fowl within city limits unless they have a two-acre lot and a public hearing.
Ludwig told the council an amendment would only concern chickens and not other types of fowl. He said there would be regulations requiring and regulating an enclosed chicken coop.
The consensus among council members was they are open to considering the issue, but they would like to hear from the public before making any decisions about it.
In other business:
• Questions had been raised about using the city’s Public Building Commission to help finance buildings that would be leased by the city. Kevin Cowen, the city’s bond counsel, said the PBC is limited to financing public access facilities, Ludwig wrote in his report to City Council.
The council discussed whether it would be interested in pursuing the development of the industrial park through General Obligation Bonds.
Council member Matt Christenson said he was not shutting the door on using GO bonds, but expressed some reservations.
“How much would we be looking at borrowing?” he said. “How sound of business is to be built? How confident are we that it will be around long enough to get the bonds paid off?”
• The council approved continuing to use Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas as its health insurance provider.