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Lawrence city commission may change law to allow business to sell chicks

May 7, 2012

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The chicks may be on their way back.

Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday meeting are set to change a city ordinance that caused a local retailer to shut down its annual “Chick Days Sale,” where customers bought baby chickens and ducks to raise.

Orscheln Farm & Home shut down its chick sale operations in mid-April — two to three weeks earlier than normal — after the city advised the store it was out of compliance with an ordinance passed to regulate the raising of chickens in residential neighborhoods.

The backyard chicken law required that coops for chickens or ducks have at least 10 square feet of space per bird. Orscheln officials said that was feasible for the large number of small chicks they house during the spring-time sale.

The city attorney’s office said the current chicken ordinance didn’t have language that created an exception for commercial enterprises. The ordinance up for consideration at Tuesday’s meeting will allow for businesses such as Orscheln and Tractor Supply Company to sell the young chicks for a limited time.

A memo from city attorney Toni Wheeler said the new ordinance also will make it clear the U.S. Postal Service doesn’t have to comply with the 10 square feet requirement when it housing chicks that are shipped through the mail.

Wheeler, in the memo, said the original ordinance approved in 2009 didn’t foresee the impact it would have on some retailers.

Commissioners will consider the ordinance change as part of their consent agenda. The commission meets at 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday at City Hall.

Comments

none2 1 year, 11 months ago

I hope they get it right this time. Did they double check to make sure they don't have some hidden requirement for 10 square feet of space per egg? Imagine buying a dozen eggs if that were the case. Of course if the carton was nice enough you might be able to reuse it as flooring for your house.

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KU_cynic 1 year, 11 months ago

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CWGOKU 1 year, 11 months ago

I don't want to hear a peep out of any of you!

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jiminkansas 1 year, 11 months ago

"The backyard chicken law required that coops for chickens or ducks have at least 10 square feet of space per bird. Orscheln officials said that was feasible for the large number of small chicks they house during the spring-time sale."

So, I don't understand what the trouble was if Orscheln said that it WAS feasible, unless of course the article meant to say that Orsheln officials said that WASN"T feasible.

Nevermind

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 11 months ago

The commission will approve the change but that action does not rectify the incompetence in Planning and Development. That is where the problem started. Orscheln went through that department with site plans and a bunch of other b.s.

The staff in McCullough's office is ready for a shakeup and the head honcho as well. Lyn Zollner has turned her office into a real estate office and is running off buyers of property and due to the business of the historic areas.

The commission does not have the guts to do a shakeup, unless it benefits them or a couple of local developers,and they are hardly that, just in name.

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none2 1 year, 11 months ago

As I mentioned in another post, I was told by a Tractor Supply employee that this screwed up law also affected their store. While they are not in the city limits, she said that they are required to follow the same city ordinances.

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irvan moore 1 year, 11 months ago

we have wasted a lot of time and money to solve a problem that wasn't a problem until the commission made it one.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 11 months ago

Best answer to the problem, get rid of the Commission form! Elect a mayor directly reportable to the electorate. If they mess up it will be reflected in their job performance and their electibility

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JackMcKee 1 year, 11 months ago

The chickens have come home to roost!

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mrchips 1 year, 11 months ago

Mmmmm fried chicken tastes really good.

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weiser 1 year, 11 months ago

I think the chicken came before the egg.

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footnote2 1 year, 11 months ago

"Orscheln officials said that was feasible for the large number of small chicks they house during the spring-time sale."

I think Orscheln officials actually said that (the large space for each chicken) was NOT feasible for the large number of small chicks . . . The current space requirement seems to be the problem for Orscheln and its young poultry.

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LJ Whirled 1 year, 11 months ago

The natural outcome of trying to micromanage the lives of a free people.

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somedude20 1 year, 11 months ago

I just rent out chicks. Hello, my name is Gator and Gator wants his money from his chicks. Chicks cost Gator money but Gator is going to give you a deal. Act now and rent two chicks and get a third for free. In these tough economic times, Gator knows every penny counts (Gator counts every penny, don't short Gator)

God bless and go America!

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David Albertson 1 year, 11 months ago

Dang, I thought this article was going to be about prostitution. I was ready to buy a really hot chic.

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patkindle 1 year, 11 months ago

if there was any common sense in city hall this would never have been an issue we should be ashamed, we should be very ashamed

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togu 1 year, 11 months ago

I miss the days when Mike was city manager. He would have called this BS and stopped those departments from this show of .....what was it?

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OonlyBonly 1 year, 11 months ago

A day late and a dollar short commissioners! Should have never been allowed to happen. Shows you what not doing your job or researching the ramifications of your ordinances. I see the City Attorney has chosen to mention one of the areas mentioned in posts about the city's poor handling of this situation but not others. Now all you have to do is find a way to help Orscheln recoop some of the losses caused by this mistake. Oh, not your problem. That's right. Day after day you make decisions affecting the businesses and citizens of Lawrence but you don't have the slightest idea what you're doing!

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blue73harley 1 year, 11 months ago

They will probably restrict the number of unrelated chicks that can be in each coop.

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Joe Hyde 1 year, 11 months ago

Good move by the Commission -- reversing their earlier action after more facts came to light that showed their first vote was made based on erroneous information. A small issue in the Big Picture, true, but this is how you like to see democracy work.

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biggunz 1 year, 11 months ago

No. They will recommend a study group that will cost $500,000 and postpone a decision indefinitely.

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cobaltblue 1 year, 11 months ago

Do you think common sense might have a chance here?

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