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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

cobaltblue 2 years, 8 months ago

Do you think common sense might have a chance here?

Joe Hyde 2 years, 8 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.

John Hamm 2 years, 8 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!

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 8 months ago

Just thought, what happened to all those chicks, after it was determined they couldn't be sold?

togu 2 years, 8 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?

patkindle 2 years, 8 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

David Albertson 2 years, 8 months ago

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

somedude20 2 years, 8 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!

footnote2 2 years, 8 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.

Ken Lassman 2 years, 8 months ago

Clarification: chicks need to be huddled together and kept warm lest they get hypothermia and die. They don't need nearly the space that an adult chicken needs and indeed would die if given 10 square feet per chick.

JackMcKee 2 years, 8 months ago

The chickens have come home to roost!

blindrabbit 2 years, 8 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

irvan moore 2 years, 8 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.

jiminkansas 2 years, 8 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

KU_cynic 2 years, 8 months ago

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