From Page 1 Winkler responded that the matter has received plenty of publicity in the community. “It’s had tons of exposure. It’s been on the front page of the paper. Every time I go to …
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Winkler responded that the matter has received plenty of publicity in the community.
“It’s had tons of exposure. It’s been on the front page of the paper. Every time I go to Coborn’s, I see it sitting right there,” he said.
Council members who voted in opposition – Mark Vaughn and Trevor Lund – brought up the opinion that there should be a provision in the permit process where neighbors are notified.
“I go back and forth on this. We’ve been talking about this a long time. Why would you not have the neighbor at least have a say?” Vaughn asked.
Lund also wanted to see a little time before the ordinance is put in place so homeowner’s associations could have time to react to the ordinance by perhaps passing their own rules.
Community Development Director John Hinzman said that other cities that allow chickens have had very few problems, so the notification provision wasn’t put in the ordinance amendment.
“We decided as a staff not to come forward with that,” he said.
Several councilmembers voiced the opinion that they aren’t going to start raising chickens themselves, but they think it’s something the community wants.
Perhaps the quote of the night went to councilmember Lori Braucks. “I already have to take care of two dogs, two kids and a husband. That’s enough for me,” she said. “The tide is turning, though, with the level of interest.”
Watering restrictions – The city council voted unanimously to put restrictions on water use.
Public Works Director Nick Egger said the emergency ordinance is necessary because the area is in a state of drought that is approaching “severe” status.
“I don’t think it’s any secret we’re in a drought,” Egger said. The restrictions will be in effect until the drought is over. He predicts the community would need 4-5 inches of rain in the next month to replenish the aquifer.
“I don’t see that happening,” he said.
Under the rules, watering will be allowed on odd-even days, depending on house number. Also, no watering can be done from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
He said to start with, residents not following the restriction will receive a warning with a door-hanger at their house.
If problems persist, a fine of $50 with $80 in court costs can be imposed.
Kori Colvin addressed the Hastings City Council, one of many speakers at a public hearing Monday night. Photo by John McLoone.