Urban Chicken Votes Fails

Reported by: Caitlyn Jones

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Updated: 7/10/2013 9:16 am
  Chickens wont be clucking around the Chattanooga city limits anytime soon...at least not legally.
  Before voting on what's become known as the Chicken Ordinance...council members heard from both sides of the argument.
      "This is about the right to grow food in your yard.  It is about people being in control of our food supply.  Not corporations and government" said Lana Sutton.
        "Its not a nice noise at 5:00 in the morning.  Not too many noises are, but chickens clucking is not and it starts at 5:00 in the morning and it goes through till sun down," said Ron Roy.
        Several pro chicken speakers weren't pleased with the council's decision last week to add an amendment to the ordinance.
        It would require chicken owners to get permission from surrounding neighbors before they could be issued a permit.
       Councilman Moses Freeman motioned to abolish that amendment, and the council agreed.
        "We need to get back to the business we set out for which is decided whether we were gonna have chickens or not," said Freeman.
    Other members said removing that amendment swayed their vote.
        "I wish this part was still in there because I voted for it last week, but this week I'll probably change that vote," Councilman Russell Gilbert said.
     Taking the amendment out also changed the language of the ordinance, so it had to go back to a first reading.
        In this case, one vote was all it took to kill it.
        The vote flip floped from last weeks six in favor and three opposed vote.
Tonight six were against it and only three; Chris Anderson, Moses Freeman, and Chip Henderson were for it.
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