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5/21/2013 1:08:00 PM
Hayfield council: yes to wieners but no to cocks
• Audit gives City clean financial bill of health

By Tara Lindquist

The proposed chicken ordinance nearly flew the coop during the Hayfield City Council meeting on Monday, May 20.

Last month Bette Wilson approached the council asking them to amend the animal ordinance to allow chickens to be raised in town. City Attorney Rod Peterson drafted a chicken ordinance for the council to consider. The ordinance would allow for residential homes to build a chicken coop and house up to five hens on their property. Roosters will not be allowed in town, under any circumstances. The ordinance also declares that chicken coops must either be elevated with a clear open space of at least 24 inches between the ground surface and framing/floor of the coop or the coop floor, foundation and footings must be constructed using rodent resistant concrete construction. Councilmen Anthony Reece and Rich Fjerstad voted no to the new ordinance but could not egg on any other councilmembers to do so. The ordinance passed 3-2.

Charita Canty was also back at the city council regarding her hotdog and concession stand she is looking to start in Hayfield. The city agreed to lease the concession stand at Himley Park to Canty for the summer of 2013, except for the weekend of Hey Days when it is used as a fundraiser for softball teams.

Linda Brockmiller approached the council to ask the council to do something about an abandoned and dilapidated home that his next door to hers. "The house is falling down, the windows are broken out and raccoons are living in there," she explained to the council. The council instructed Rod Peterson to send the owner a letter asking for an inspection of the property and explore options that the city can take.

Other items on the agenda:

• a brief presentation from Kim Hilberg of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP on the 2012 audit findings - the city received a clean bill of financial health.

• the payment of the bills

• approval of hiring summer pool staff.

The council will meet on again on June 10 at 7 p.m.

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