The Hutsonville Village Board would like to hear residents' thoughts on allowing chickens to be raised in the village.
Michael Delaney and his family came before the board to ask for an exception to village Ordinance 86-3. It prohibits livestock animals from being in town. Delaney, along with his young family, has been raising a small flock of chickens for a couple years now, on the southwest edge of town, but was informed they could not have livestock in town and had to remove them.
Delaney came before the board Tuesday night to ask for an exemption for chickens. He gave a presentation on the benefits of raising them. He said it is a growing social trend in many cities across the county.
While there are many objections to go with the positive, Trustee Bruce Callaway pointed out that not all residents would be "responsible" when it comes to raising chickens and they have to think of the entire village, not just a few residents.
It was also suggested that regulations and fees could be established to make residents responsible, much like they are for golf carts and side-by-side vehicles.
Mayor Tina Callaway said she believes there is a compromise, and suggested board members gather information and thoughts from the community before making a final decision.
Based on recommendations and reports from committees the board approved an appropriation ordinance of $204,500 for the general fund, and $180,700 for the water and sewer fund. The annual tax levy was approved at $153,000.
The board also approved the annual prevailing wage ordinance, and it was reported that Kemper CPA Group had completed the village audit.
In preparation for River Fest, a resolution to close Main Street on Friday, Aug. 3, from 5 to 10 p.m. was approved and submitted to the Illinois Department of Transportation.