LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Some Lafayette residents hope to bring a little country into the city, all to help become a community of choice.
Almost two dozen residents gathered at the downtown library Monday in an effort to change the city ordinance which prohibits livestock including chickens.
As News 18 reported, the issue was hotly debated in September 2009 when a council committee rejected the change.
Ben Alkire, who organized Monday's meeting, said he was motivated by the city's recently completed 'Good to Great' survey, in which he found each of the seven other peer cities allows residents to raise egg-laying hens.
"It has to do with the city of choice. Lafayette really needs to funkify [sic] itself in some ways," said Alkire.
Jon Held was one city resident who showed up in favor of changing the ordinance.
"I think if it's done right. As I said in the meeting, I think it's interesting that you can have three pit bulls and no chickens. To me that ratio doesn't sound right," said Held.
He adds his mother would also like the chance to raise hens.
"I think handled correctly, chickens would be a big plus to our community," Held said.
Alkire said he's in no rush. He hopes to develop an ordinance proposal along with other interested citizens to present to council members in coming months that may go into effect either in 2014 or 2015.
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