Article by Rachel Smith, On The Edge Student Reporter Edgewood Middle School
Recently, the Warsaw Planning Commission gave permission to allow chickens within the city limits. Only female chickens, or hens, would be permitted inside the city limits. Also, there would be a limit of five chickens per property, assuming that the owner has enough acreage; the chicken coops have to meet the correct measurements and completely cage in the chickens.
Though the ordinance received support from the planning commission, it was ultimately denied during a revote by the Warsaw Common Council (see related).
There is still a debate happening as to whether chickens should be allowed in the city limits or not amongst community members. I asked a few in the student body about their opinions on the matter, and here are some of their answers:
One student, who wished to remain anonymous, felt simply disgusted about the proposal. “I don’t think it’s a good idea. Chickens poop everywhere and are dirty and are very noisy at all times of the day and night. Neighbors should not have to deal with that.”
On the contrary, some people are completely fine with the idea.
“This new act by the local government is a strange one and may cause some awkward scenes in public places. Other than that, however, these chickens will most likely not have a large effect on everyday citizens that do not hold the ambition of owning chickens,” stated Marc Motter.
Another anonymous student stated, “I feel as if they should be allowed. I actually think they should have enclosed areas where they simply let chickens run around freely. Not just anywhere, but perhaps in certain neighborhoods. I feel that letting chickens run free in enclosed neighborhoods is a great idea. But then again, what if they get hit by a golf cart? That would be tragic. But honestly, chickens within the city limits are a brilliant idea. We want chickens!”
Although the Warsaw Planning Commission gave their approval, the Warsaw Common Council has since amended the ordinance, and they voted to deny chickens within the city limits. Though it was denied, the debate about whether or not chickens should be allowed in the city limits is ongoing amongst community members and may continue for awhile.
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