Sustainable Connellsville asks council to consider chicken-raising ordinance
Geno Gallo with Sustainable Connellsville is hoping members of Connellsville City Council will reconsider the possibility of allowing residents in the city to have the opportunity to raise chickens.
Gallo approached city council last week. He said that since the subject was brought up a few months ago, Sustainable Connellsville has done further research and has gotten some input from the poultry association in Uniontown.
Gallo said there are several municipalities throughout the state which have ordinances allowing for the raising of chickens, including Ambridge, Reading, Allentown, Aliquippa, Meadsville and even Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
“This is a trend that has been going on for about the last 10 years, and I think it's being driven by the Buy Local push, as well as citizens just being concerned with the safety aspects and quality of their food,” he said.
Gallo said there are two definite sides to the issue — those who are passionate about doing it and those who are concerned with any ramifications allowing this might have.
“We've come up with a sample ordinance for you all to look at and maybe consider, but no ordinance can ever foresee every potential problem,” he said.
Gallo suggested the city look at allowing the raising of chickens on a very limited basis by issuing permits on a trial basis to a select few residents.
“Maybe have those individuals attend a workshop by the poultry association before they get any chickens, and then, after maybe 18 months, revisit the issue, tweak the ordinance and decide then whether you want to continue with it or whether it's a no-go,” he said.
Councilwoman Marilyn Weaver, who is also a health board representative, said the health board sent a letter to council recommending council not allow residents to raise chickens in their yards.
“I suggest that you and those who want to do this come to the next health board meeting and listen to all the stipulations that are associated with this,” she said.
Gallo said if an ordinance to this effect was passed, it would really start to identify the city as a sustainable community.
In other business, council agreed to the closure of South Arch Street from Crawford to Fairview avenues on Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. for a dedication ceremony and celebration of the placing of a Ten Commandments monument in front of the Order of the Eagles.
Mayor Charles Matthews said the Thou Shall Not Move group has been raising funds to erect these monuments at several area churches, but it seemed fitting that the first one would be erected in front of the Eagles — the organization that purchased the Ten Commandants monument in front of Connellsville Junior High in the 1950s.
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 2015 Connellsville grad identified as victim of Bullskin motorcycle crash
- Toddler hurt in fall from window at home in Hiller
- Day-old baby dropped at Uniontown hospital by nurse
- Masontown woman charged with leaving infant in hot vehicle
- Motorcyclist dies in accident in Bullskin
- Connellsville board hikes taxes, adds to layoffs
- Trooper: Cell may have played part in fatal Fayette County crash
- Brooklyn man’s cross-state taxi ride leads straight to jail in Uniontown
- Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center students to attend post-secondary schools
- Connellsville Redevelopment Authority receives $47K in grant funds
- Uniontown man pleads guilty to raping 2 young girls