After citizens raised concern over the previously approved chicken regulations and fees within residential zones, the Tremonton City Council decided to readdress the issue during their workshop session.
Greg Horspool, animal patrol, reported and made suggestions to the council. However, the council agreed to have the Planning Commission review it and make recommendations before anything more would be decided.
Councilmember Lyle Holmgren suggested allowing 6-12 chickens in backyards with no fee. Councilman Jeff Reese said, “I think we need to cancel the whole chicken thing all together.” Councilmember Byron Wood agreed with Reese, “We have been the laughing stock in the whole valley…I have had a lot of people think we are against farming, agriculture and 4-H. I don’t think we can afford that as a city.”
Horspool recommended the council reduce the 12 hens to six and drop the annual fee to $5, which would help subsidize chicken feed at the shelter. This would also provide the city with an opportunity to educate citizens. He stated the relinquishment fee, of $25, was too much. He said they should also add a clause for possible inspections of coops and livestock by having residents sign a waiver.
Pick up a copy of next week’s paper for a full report.