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Machesney Park chicken ordinance faces next committee

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The Machesney Park chicken ordinance moves forward with a negative recommendation.

 The Planning and Zoning Committee voted 3 to 3.  The ordinance would allow chickens in the backyard of those with a permit.  Some of the complaints for the ordinance include the smell, the cost for the village and the noise.

 Machesney Park resident, Kristine Brown says the noise level shouldn't be a concern.  "The noise level, like I said in the meeting, you're talking about 90 decibels for a dog, a barking dog, chickens, a flock of chickens, not one chicken, a flock of chickens is going to be 60 or 70 decibels, which is what we speak in a regular human conversation."

 Machesney Park Village President, Tom Strickland doesn't want the ordinance.  "I'm against passing an ordinance when you only have 1 or 2 people. I've had numerous, probably 50 phone calls from village residents saying 'please, don't let this happen.'"

 The ordinance now faces a vote from the Planning and Economic Development Committee April 1st.

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