City Council rejects chickens

JGFitzgerald -- July 28th, 2009

Harrisonburg City Council votes 3-2 to reject an ordinance allowing chickens in the city on lots of 7,000 square feet. A motion to allow chickens on 2-acre lots ensues. passes 3-2. (ETA: Degner and Byrd voted no on both motions. Frank and Wiens voted for both. Baugh voted against allowing chickens no the smaller lots, then made the motion to allow them on the larger lots.)

66 Responses to “City Council rejects chickens”

  1. Jamie Smith says:

    JGF: Indulge me, please. You counted 116 words! You really should get out more. At the end of the day, you really, really should!

  2. JGFitzgerald says:

    When Word is already open, you select the paragraph, paste it into Word, and the number of words appears at the bottom of the screen. It takes seconds. One need not count. For the record, I do not care, or consider it my business, how much you get out, or when. Please don’t take that personally. I only mention it because the issue seems to matter to you.

  3. Alan Finks says:

    It amazes me how people will run their mouths without trying to find out the facts. Anybody that has lived in Harrisonburg for 25 years has a good idea why Richard Baugh made the motion to okay a 2 acre limit on chickens, period. By the way, politics existed in Harrisonburg 25 years ago also.

  4. Bubby Hussein, Hillbilly Sheikh says:

    Not only that Alan, but Richard has definitively answered the question that has plagued mankind for ages: Why did the Chicken Cross the Road? …to get to the 2 acre lot.

  5. Jamie Smith says:

    Hey, Alan, when did you come in? (speaking of running mouths)
    There has been politics in Harrisonburg since 1737 or maybe earlier.
    One last thought for you Blah Baugh fans. The Presgraves story in the DNR today explains what ails Baugh… he suffers from “surplusage!”

  6. KRS-ONE (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone) says:

    Your reference to “surplusage” implies irrelevancy.

    As last week’s vote depicted, the opinions of Richard Baugh (regardless of how you feel about his decisions) are at this point considered extremely relevant.

    It’s whether you like it or not that’s irrelevant.

  7. Scott Rogers says:

    Apparently there have been some creative interpretations of this ruling by City Council — see below for an e-mail received by the Urban Exchange leasing agent earlier today from a tenant at Urban Exchange….

    I just have one concern that has yet to be mentioned. I know that the Harrisonburg City Council has recently passed an ordinance allowing up to four chickens “in the city on lots with at least two acres of land”. However, I do not think that Urban Exchange would meet such requirements, but that would depend on the interpretation of “two acres of land”. I have recently noticed some tenants bringing live clucking chickens into the elevator, and I am assuming into their apartments. Can you please address this situation? It’s not that I don’t like chicken, or eggs for that matter, but I think there are more appropriate places to raise poultry.

  8. David Miller says:

    If someone is paying a premium for an apt in UE and raising chickens in said posh apt, maybe their mental health should be checked into.

  9. Emmy says:

    Oh goodness.

  10. Scott Rogers says:

    My apologies! :) The tenant was sending the above e-mail as a joke to the leasing agent — I thought that would be evident when I posted it here, but it was not. There are not, in fact, any known cases of backyard chickens being raised in as back-bedroom chickens at Urban Exchange. :)

  11. David Miller says:

    Don’t worry Scott, the posting was almost as obviously fictional as supposed death panels, though I’m sure that some will mistake it for truth also.

  12. Dave Briggman says:

    Yeah, Scott, just like the removal of the death panels from H.R. 3200 was also fictional.

  13. Lowell Fulk says:

    Why don’t you explain “death panel” Dave?

  14. Deb SF says:

    CHICKENS! We need to revisit the local CHICKENS debate as a way to control health care costs.

    You may have heard about the chickens for check-ups story, where Sue Lowden (R), the leading Republican Senate candidate in Nevada, explained her views about cost control in health care. “You know, before we all started having health care, in the olden days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor..go ahead and barter with your doctor.” It would, she insisted, “get get prices down in a hurry.”

    well, this site gives a conversion calculator to tell you how many chickens it will cost for a given medical procedure. A flu shot, for example, costs 5 chickens. Treatment of colon cancer costs 8,738 chickens, but a colonoscopy only costs 514. No one will ever again doubt the value of preventive medicine.

    It is the duty of our city council members to immediately revisit the chicken issue in order to help local citizenry control our health care costs.

    • Lowell Fulk says:

      Great idea Deb! I like the idea of a “chicken exchange rate”! Think about the musical with Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Dom DeLuise, and Charles Durning. Chickens can be bartered for many different goods and services.

  15. Isobel Shaw says:

    Colon cancer can be avoided if you just keep high fiber foods in your diet.,*;

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