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Oneida Common Council proposes law regarding raising chickens in the city

The Oneida Common Council held a public hearing Tuesday to discuss harboring chickens in the city.

Posted: Aug. 7, 2018 11:12 PM
Updated: Aug. 8, 2018 8:56 AM

ONEIDA -- The Oneida Common Council held a public hearing Tuesday to discuss harboring chickens in the city.

At the public hearing, Oneida residents were able to voice their concerns on the issue.

Some people opposed having chickens in the city, but there were more people who were for it.

Oneida Mayor Leo Matzke says he wanted to have the meeting to see how much interest there was in people having chickens.

Currently, Oneida residents living in the outer district of the city are able to raise chickens, but residents in the inner city are not.

Council members say it's important to get people's opinion's before taking action on any local laws.

Matzke discussed the pros and cons of having chickens in the city. For the pros he said:

“One of the advantages of chickens is the fact they love ticks. We have an issue of ticks in the outside area."

For the cons he said:

"They carry disease, they run lose, the feces left on the soil, the fact that the dirt within the confines of the coop can end up being just dirt - no grass."

The City of Oneida has a working draft of a possible local law for raising chickens.

The draft states that a house cannot have more than 6 chickens per parcel of land, no roosters are allowed due to noise ordinances, and anyone who wants to raise chickens must first get the written consent of their neighbors.

After hearing the public's concerns, the Oneida Common Council is making changes to the proposed law. There will another public hearing on August 21st, and then the Council will vote on the law.

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