CENTERVILLE -- The City Council passed ordinances Tuesday governing keeping chickens in the city and dealing in precious metals and gems.
The “keeping of fowl” ordinance makes it legal to keep up to five chickens, but not roosters, in the city. It also prescribes standards, upkeep and placement of coops and runs, which must meet prescribed dimensions.
The measure also requires feed be kept secure and in rodent-proof containers and prohibits the slaughter of chickens in the city. Residents must pay an annual $50 fee to have chickens on their property.
The ordinance sets penalties for violations and requires annual inspection of coops and chickens as well as allowing for other inspections as warranted.
The ordinance did not get any no votes. Councilman Cameron Andrews was absent.
Separately, the precious metals and gems ordinance requires dealers be licensed and keep daily records of gems and precious metals transactions, seller IDs and other relative information. It also requires reports be filed weekly with police, or if necessary due to particular investigations, daily. Police investigators also may examine records at any time.
Among other details, the ordinance forbids the further sale, destruction or altering of gems or precious metals for 10 days after transactions. Overall transaction records must be kept for three years.
The measure passed with no council opposition.
In another matter, a travel policy for council members passed in a 3-1 vote with Councilman Randall Wright voting against it.
The policy allows council members to make charges on a city credit card or use a $125 per diem when traveling on city business, such as for municipal meetings, conferences and classes.
Dissension arose concerning paying for a spouse’s meals on those trips.
Wright said he interpreted a term in the policy, “group event,” to mean spouse meals would be paid for when the entire mayor and council met together for a meal.
Others, including Councilman Ed Tucker, who introduced the policy, and Nichols, said they interpreted the term to mean any meeting where council members were on city business, such as the annual five-day Georgia Municipal association meeting.
Tucker said given the fact that council members were away from their family at various times on city business, spouses should be encouraged to attend functions at times and should be able to eat on the city’s dime.
Though the policy was amended to clarify that meals could be purchased for official’s spouses only and not other family members, Wright still voted no.
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