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Chickens allowed within city limits

By Ty Johnson
Published in News on October 21, 2012 1:50 AM

Goldsboro residents can now keep chickens after the City Council approved an amendment to the city's animal ordinance Monday.

Council members approved a measure by a 6-1 margin to legalize the keeping of domestic fowl within the city limits, with certain restrictions.

The chickens must be kept in a well-ventilated enclosure large enough to give 10 square feet of space for each chicken and at least 15 feet from all property lines and roosters are not permitted unless the property is a bona fide farm or at least 200 yards away from any dwelling, hospital, school, church or eating establishment.

The measure, which District 2 Councilman Bill Broadaway asked be pulled from the consent agenda, passed 6-1, with Broadaway dissenting.

The council also was asked to give its blessing to an application for a grant from Petco to benefit the Stoney Creek Dog Park. The grant, which has no match, would allow the installation of a portable dog wash station at the park. The council agreed to allow the Parks and Recreation department pursue the grant.

Other items approved during the council meeting include:

* Contiguous annexation request for Doug Henry property on north side of U.S. 70 between Pizza Inn Lane and Norwood Avenue

* Setting a public hearing for the contiguous annexation of property on the southwest corner of the intersection of Cuyler Best and New Hope roads

* Amendment of contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates to exclude the alignment of Fallin Boulevard with Hill Circle Drive as part of the Berkeley Boulevard widening project

* Acquisition of right-of-way for the Berkeley Boulevard widening project

* Budget amendment to pay for customer service training, GIS software, demolition and a worker's compensation claim with additional funds received from the ABC Commission

* Closing of the 200 block of the northbound lane of North Center Street from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Nov. 20 for Downtown Lights Up!

* Monthly reports from each city department head

* Resolutions honoring Larry Mcearchern and Thomas Howell for their heroic efforts

* Resolutions expressing appreciation for services rendered by city employees Willie Boseman and Beverly Keel.