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Edgewood a Step Closer to Allowing Chickens to Be Raised in Yards

The topic of chickens in Edgewood returned to city council's agenda on Monday.

The city heard a first reading of an ordinance spelling out the conditions of owning chickens within the city limits. Attorney Kim Wichmann, filling in for Frank Wichmann, read the ordinance summary without fanfare, with no one commenting or objecting. The new amendment to an existing ordinance states that on any property measuring under an acre, no more than six chickens can be kept, and there can be no more than 12 chickens on any property over an acre.

No roosters are allowed on any property.

The chickens have to be kept within a coop that is covered and well designed, at least two feet above the ground, clean and functional, and free of odor, and large enough to allow the chickens to move freely, or a minimum of three square feet for each chicken. The second reading will be next month at the regular council meeting.

The issue was previously postponed in August.

(SEE PREVIOUSLY: Edgewood family brings chickens to yard, possible new law to city)

Council also voted to adopt the Northern Kentucky Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Mayor John Link gave an update on happenings with the Municipal Government League, and congratulated City Administrator Brian Dehner on his award as Outstanding Elected Official of the year, which he received from the Municipal Government League.

The project at Edgewood and Lyndale Roads is progressing, and the project of the water line has been bid out and the start date for the project will be December 15.

Mayor Link announced that Spooky Sunday will be October 25, with the annual costume parade beginning at 4 p.m. Traditional Halloween hours will be October 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. He also said that the Fire/EMS department is looking for volunteers, and applications are available at the city building.

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Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor