Council address ‘chicken problem’ again
by Nola Sizemore Staff Writer
Chickens in the city causing a nuisance, was a topic for discussion at a recent meeting of the Evarts City Council. Council woman Carrie Lipfird said she is receiving complaints about chickens behind the Evarts Clover Fork Clinic.
Mayor Eddie Manning added the police department is also receiving complaints about chickens in the city crowing in the early hours of the morning disturbing residents while they sleep.
“We’ll check this out and if evidence is found that residents are violating the city’s nuisance ordinance, we will have those complaining file a formal complaint and then take the necessary action to see that the city’s ordinance is enforced,” said Police Chief Lupe Blas.
City attorney Otis Doan advised Blas a letter does not have to be sent to those violating the ordinance. He said the police can verbally warn citizens and then follow procedure from there.
Doan added the city needs to “take the same position” with each and every citizen in enforcing the nuisance ordinance saying action should be taken “across the board.”
“The police need to do follow-ups on these complaints, because if we just sit here and never do anything you might have one chicken today and next week or next month there might be 50 chickens there,” said councilman Larry Caudill. “I’ve said this before, a lot of adults are like a bunch of kids they’ll just keep doing what you let them do if you don’t show them the guidelines and the rules.”
Council members also discussed complaints they are receiving about a lot of people “out walking around the city at 3 a.m.” and asked the police department to investigate.
“We have a juvenile curfew but we can’t put a curfew on adults,” said Blas. “We will try to curtail this activity.”
Manning commended his police department saying his officers have to “wear a lot of different hats.”
“One day they may be assisting child protective services — protecting a child in the home. The next day they may be a marriage counselor in a domestic situation. The next day they may be doing something different. They wear a lot of hats and they do a good job. A lot of the police officers in this county do a good job and have to wear a lot of different hats and we commend all of them for what they do.”
Reach Nola Sizemore at 606-573-4510, ext. 115, firstname.lastname@example.org
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