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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 2:49 pm

KIMBERLING CITY — The arrival of Table Rock True Value hardware store in Kimberling City brought a chicken ordinance to the agenda at the Kimberling City Planning and Zoning Committee meeting on Monday.

True Value wants to sell chicks seasonally for approximately six weeks near Easter. Lowell Mielke, board member, said the issue got somewhat blown out of proportion, partly because the issue was concerning the sale of chicks and not the presence of chickens within the city limits.

“Their whole concept was not to sell chickens,” Mielke said. “It was to sell chicks. Some people wanted to be able to house chickens on their property.”

City code currently allows chickens to only be housed on agricultural land.

For example, a restriction of the ordinance calls for 100 feet between a chicken coop and a residential building.

Mielke also raised the point that the store would be selling chicks to citizens of the county who live outside of city limits, where it is legal to house chickens.

Layne Morrill, chairman of the committee, said the board discussed a condition of allowance with the store at the committee’s last meeting.

“If (the chicks) were going to someone inside the city, the hardware store would notify them that they should approach the city to comply with the ordinance and this was agreed upon by the hardware store,” Morrill said. Mayor Joe Schrodt reiterated the statement later in the meeting.

The board made a motion to not hold a public meeting to get input from the community, but to bring the recommendation to the Board of Aldermen that the hardware store be allowed to sell the chicks under the condition that they inform potential customers of the illegality of keeping chickens within the city limits.

Pending the decision and any action of the board of aldermen after they hear the recommendation from the planning and zoning board, Ron Phelps, True Value employee, said, “As far as the chickens go, the store is not going to go down just because we can’t sell 100 or 50 chickens.”

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