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City of Galt chicken ordinance receives little council support

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Posted: Friday, July 6, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:16 am, Fri Jul 6, 2012.

City council members in Galt did not appear to support a proposed ordinance to allow residents to house up to four egg-laying hens.

"I was just trying to do something to help the people, but I see there's a lot of opposition," Councilman Mark Crews said at Tuesday's council meeting. He directed the city attorney to draft such an ordinance earlier this year.

But more than one council member raised issues about the proposed practice and a new resident provided public comment about the noise, smell and trespassing issues she had with neighbors owning chickens near her former Sacramento residence.

Crews said those who supported such an ordinance did not attend Tuesday's meeting.

But fellow Councilman Randy Shelton reaffirmed Crews and said he was only doing the will of the people in bringing the idea to the table.

Vice Mayor Marylou Powers, who said she does not support the idea, wanted to see a permit requirement for residents who wanted to raise chickens. She also took issue with enclosure guidelines.

There was no vote Tuesday. Instead, the ordinance must first be approved by the Planning Commission. That meeting will likely be held next month and public comments will be welcome.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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