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Florence Chicken Case Headed to State Appeals Court

An issue involving chickens in Florence could be headed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

In a short meeting last week at Florence city council, there was a follow-up on the chicken issue presented at a prior meeting.

Janet Kegley spoke to council on behalf of her neighbor who keeps chickens at her home in a part of the city that is not zoned for such animals. Kegley told council that the chickens were not a nuisance and that she could not see them from her home.

In fact, she said, her children enjoy the chicken neighbors.

She urged council to revisit the zoning code, suggesting that the animals may be allowed after all, depending on whether they were classified as domesticated animals, which are allowed in suburban residential zoning, or livestock, which are only permitted in rural zoning.

Kegley offered to show photos of the situation but City Attorney Hugh Skees would not allow it, saying that everything that needed to be said had been said when the case was brought to the code enforcement board. The case was also handled at the Boone County District and Circuit Courts.

A statement was offered to the owner of the chickens, but it was rejected. The resident also offered a settlement to the city, which was also rejected.

The case is now in the hands of the appeals court, which will determine whether to hear it.

Neighbor thanks firefighters

Andrew Lautz spoke to city council and thanked the fire department for its work in battling flames on the 1400 block of Taramore Drive.

Two firemen were injured in the fire.

Lautz lives in a property adjacent to the one that caught fire. He was emotional as he described how the firefighters worked to gain control of the fire, and the fear that he felt as the flames came closer to his own home.

His house was saved.

Meanwhile, city council voted to approve the fire department's donation of some equipment to the Wyoming, Oh. Fire Department. Florence's fire department was able to get new equipment thanks to a grant.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

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