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Friday, October 11, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Backyard barnyards could be banned in Oakland City"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 26th, this Oct. 8th story by Tabitha Waggoner in the Princeton Daily Clarion is headed "OC backyard barnyard ban back on books." Some quotes:

OAKLAND CITY—Despite a petition with more than 100 signatures asking the Oakland City Council to allow citizens to keep goats and chickens in their backyards, the council Tuesday upheld a 60-year-old ordinance that hasn’t been enforced in decades.

Council President Jerry Richardson offered a motion unanimously supported by the council that the ordinance be kept “as is” but allow until Jan. 1, 2014 before penalties kick in for those violating the ordinance. * * *

Oakland City resident Bryan Grubb returned with his wife Crickett and several children to present a petition that he said bore signatures of more than 70 people who did not want ordinance 1953-1 to be upheld.

Grubb said he spent two days on the petition. Alfred Cooper Jr. also voiced support for the Grubbs and other chicken and goat owning families. “Food costs are going up tremendously in the United States,” he said. “I think there’s some sensible people at this (council) table...If they just take the courage and think about it, they can think of a way to allow chickens so people have eggs...I think you guys can come to some common sense decision.” He reiterated that it should be restricted and be clean.

“There are a lot of low income people...there aren’t a lot of high paying jobs in Oakland City...they’re trying to make the ends meet.”

Oakland City resident Tiffani Burns presented pictures of run down, overgrown Oakland City properties to the council and said, “you may decide that some of these people may need goats.”

Lana Myers-Getto, who originally received a grandfathering to the ban when the ordinance was missing, once again requested a variance and cited medical reasons (and presented documents) for needing her goats and chickens.

“I have paperwork I know you’ll chuck in the trash as soon as you walk out the door,” she said to the council, but passed it out to each of them anyway.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 11, 2013 01:28 PM
Posted to Indiana Government