No chickens in Walbridge: Council committee votes down ordinance change


WALBRIDGE — Chickens will not be flocking to the village anytime soon.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Councilwoman Sue Hart-Douglas, who is chair of the buildings and lands, said that the committee voted to not recommend raising chickens in the village.

Hart-Douglas and council members Larry Boday and Karen Baron discussed the issue at the March 9 committee of the whole meeting.

There were concerns about sanitation, predators and the ability of the village to monitor the situation, Hart-Douglas said.

“The committee voted not to recommend raising chickens in the village at this time,” she said.

Hart-Douglas said that she did a lot of research, including looking at Perrysburg’s ordinance, which does allow chickens in some parts of the city.

The issue was brought to council in February by resident Haley Reardon, presented a petition with 200 signatures asking for an ordinance change to allow backyard chickens in Walbridge.

Hart-Douglas noted that only 42 of the signatures were registered voters in Walbridge.

In another committee report, Boday, who is chair of the safety and criminal justice committee, said that an ordinance banning angle parking in the village will be brought to council for a vote in April.

Baron, in her streets committee report, said that there was a discussion on purchasing portable speed bumps for the village.

Committee members decided that these would not be beneficial.

There were concerns about how they would impact strollers and golf carts. They could also cause more work for the street crews and police officers.

Baron added that the police department has a speed radar machine and most residents obey speed limits.

Also at the meeting, council:

• Approved Walbridge Kickball holding an Easter event on April 8 from noon-2 p.m. at Loop Park. The egg hunt will start at 12:45 p.m.

• Heard that local tax assistance will be available on March 22 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and April 8 from 9-11 a.m. at the municipal hall.

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