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Palos Park places limits on chickens raised per acreage

 

by Michael Gilbert

Regional correspondent

Palos Park officials Monday unanimously approved an ordinance that may not ruffle the feathers of the town’s rooster boosters after all.

Some six weeks after the Village Council considered prohibiting any resident from owning a rooster and requiring chicken coops to be cleaned daily – two issues that were criticized by a handful of residents at the meeting on Aug. 11 – commissioners moved forward with an ordinance that allows a single rooster to be kept on any lot more than five acres in size.

The ordinance also allows a resident to own up to five chickens on a residential lot under an acre, and one additional chicken for every one-tenth acre, up to a maximum of 25 chickens. Chicken coops are required to be cleaned once every seven days, a significant change from the daily cleanings commissioners had previously discussed.

Commissioner G. Darryl Reed said the more fowl-friendly ordinance came after village staff reviewed several policies and regulations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Illinois Department of Health and met with some members of the pro-rooster group that attended the council meeting back in August.

“This is how democracy works,” Reed said after the meeting. “You listen to everyone and then you make balances on what should or shouldn’t be done looking out on the needs of the many rather than the few.”

Reed said prior to the meeting on Aug. 11 that the village had only heard from residents who were opposed to chickens and roosters on residential properties due to noise and potential health hazards. While Palos Park hasn’t received a lot of complaints, the few that have been reported prompted the village to originally consider the stricter ordinance.

“We listened to our interested citizens who came out at the board meeting [on Aug. 11] and they made it perfectly clear they were not in favor [of the more prohibitive ordinance],” Reed said. “We had not heard from them prior to that meeting and they came out and made their voices heard.

“Based upon that we decided we had to listen to what our residents wanted so we changed it. They were an integral part in us revising the ordinance.”

The ordinance further requires all food for roosters and chickens be kept in rodent-proof containers and all fowl be kept in a pen or coop that is protected from predators and trespassers.

In the event a resident currently has more fowl than what is allowed in the ordinance, they will be “grandfathered in” and able to keep that same number for as long as they want, Reed said. Palos Park will soon require all residents owning chickens and roosters to declare how many they have; that number will then be verified by a village staff member, he said. This method will also serve as a census for Palos Park to determine how many fowl are living in the village.

“We didn’t want to be so intrusive that we would go to each and everyone’s house and start counting,” Reed said. “We’re not Big Brother.”

At the urging of Palos Park Mayor John Mahoney, commissioners approved a special use that enables The Children’s Farm at The Center to be exempt from the ordinance meaning they can add to their chicken or rooster population at any time.

“If they have 100 chickens now and they want 150 chickens I’m not so sure we want this ordinance to prevent them from having 150 chickens,” Mahoney said as he stated his case for The Children’s Farm. “If they have 50 now and that is a low point then they can’t have any more.

“The Center is an organization that has been here since 1932 and there is no residential around it so I don’t think the same rules apply”

The Police Department is responsible for enforcing the ordinance. Reed said those in violation are subject to a fine, though the village is more concerned with residents adhering to the ordinance than collecting a few dollars from violators.

“There are fining provisions under the nuisance section of our code but our main thing is to try and get compliance,” Reed said.

Reed commended village staff – especially Village Manager Rick Boehm and Community Development Director Lori Sommers – for their work to revise the ordinance.

“This has been an issue that has kept all of us awake at night,” Reed said. “I commend staff for the outstanding job they did.”

Mayor Mahoney echoed Reed’s comments about the staff and even tossed in a bit of humor to what was a much debated topic.“We could have easily gone afoul,” he deadpanned.

 

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