Palisade Village Board considers request to allow chickens

A request was made at the Palisade Village Board meeting last Wednesday to allow chickens within the city limits. Skyler Sutherland approached the board at the meeting stating his family wishes to have chickens on their property in Palisade.
    Sutherland gave several reasons for having chickens: 4-H projects for their children, responsibility for kids, eggs, keep bugs down, compost for gardens and garbage. He said they would not have roosters to keep noise level down.
    Board member Brian Monnahan asked Sutherland if they wished to slaughter the chickens, Sutherland said no.
    Board members discussed the request, but did not make a decision at last week’s meeting.
    Board member Reid Ott expressed concerns that if the village were to allow chickens they would be “opening a can of worms,” where it would be difficult to deny request to allow other livestock such as llamas or cows within village limits.
    Community members expressed concerns over the potential for odor if chickens were allowed in the village.
    Board member Brock Malcolm said he’d like to see the board move forward and allow chickens, with a one-year permit.

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