Council meets with city attorney - Declines action on poultry ordinance

NEW SHARON – Members of the New Sharon City Council met with city attorney Dustin Hite Wednesday to discuss changes to a poultry ordinance and the use of ATVs and UTVs. At the request of citizens, the city has been asked to amend these ordinances in some way.

Hite said the current ordinance regarding livestock, which includes poultry, does not allow them within city limits. He suggested there be a subsection dealing with poultry only. Hite said he looked at ordinances in Des Moines and Oskaloosa for ideas the council could consider. He recommended that there be no commercial operation - in other words, owners could not sell meat, eggs or feathers.

“The bottom line is, if you go down this road, how are you going to enforce it?” said Hite.

That brought a question from Mayor Keri Lamberson.

“What authority do we have to send someone on a property to check?” asked Lamberson.

Hite answered it would be the same authority as any other legal complaint. He suggested higher fees, such as $750 for the first infraction and $1,000 for the second, to cover the costs of litigating the case.

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