Independence residents may now raise chickens
Independence residents may keep a flock of up to six chickens under an ordinance adopted by the city council Monday.
The ordinance was adopted by a narrow three-to-two vote on the council, which continues to have one vacant seat. Members Rich Theisen and Brad Rebarchek voted against the ordinance.
The new city law acknowledges that allowing poultry is in keeping with practices in other cities to permit residents to raise the birds for eggs. Those wishing to do so must secure an annual $15 license.
The ordinance defines permitted poultry as any domestic chicken commonly raised for food or eggs. It excludes male chickens and other birds such as geese and peacocks.
The ordinance further sets standards for the type of structure for coops and requires they be kept clean.