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Lisbon Council Moves Forward with Urban Chicken Ordinance

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LISBON, Iowa - Council members voted to move forward with an issue that’s been ruffling some feathers at Monday’s regular city council meeting.

This comes after Chad Franks parked his truck full of chickens outside city hall to protest current city laws, which says it’s unlawful to keep chickens unless a special written request is made to the council.

People gathered for a public hearing to voice their opinions about urban chickens in Lisbon.

It was the second time the council has taken up the urban chicken issue. Last month, city leaders said the council put a stop to the discussion after no one showed up to the meeting to voice their thoughts.

Franks said due to health reasons he couldn’t be there.

After hearing the news, however, he fought to get his chickens back on the agenda for the council to consider again.

The Lisbon man bought six chickens for his 2-year-old daughter and said he plans to finish this chicken debate that he started.

In the meantime, the city surveyed people on their water bills to get a better feel for what people think.

“We asked people to reply ‘yes’ or ‘no’ if they were ‘for’ or ‘against’ chickens, and we did have out of over 800 and some people in our billing cycle and about 150 did reply and it was a pretty split vote,” said Interim City Administrator Connie Meier.

Meier said people who voted “for” the chickens were slightly ahead.

Franks said he was happy the council voted “for” the chickens as well during the council meeting.

“I think it’s long overdue. I don’t know. This isn’t my favorite thing to do to come to these city council meetings. I have been here for 28 years and haven’t cared to attend one until this one little thing, and now I am stuck going to them until they pass [it],” Franks said.

The new ordinance allows residents to have six chickens in the city as long as they get a permit. It also provides rules for proper care and lets the city go inspect the coops at any time.

The council will vote on this two more times.

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