Jeri Ann Bentley from the Vinton County Health Department discusses the recent Wyman Park Appreciation Day and other recent improvements made at the village-owned park during the July 20 meeting of McArthur Village Council. (Telegram Photo by Red Thompson, Jr.)
Jeri Ann Bentley from the Vinton County Health Department discusses the recent Wyman Park Appreciation Day and other recent improvements made at the village-owned park during the July 20 meeting of McArthur Village Council. (Telegram Photo by Red Thompson, Jr.)

 The McArthur Village Council passed an ordinance, during its Wednesday evening, July 20 meeting to allow a limited number of chickens, rabbits and turkeys to be raised by village residents on their properties.

The discussion came up about the smaller animals due to a group of citizens asking about it.  McArthur does not have a zoning code but does have an ordinance prohibiting barnyard animals within the village. Mayor Steve Hammond stated the village does not want to penalize those local kids raising animals for Vinton County 4-H and county fair projects. Fiscal Officer Janie Fannin stated when the barnyard ordinance was passed, it hurt the kids in town who wanted to bring animals to the fair, and this ordinance will rectify that issue. By permitting residents to chickens, they would be able to have fresh eggs for their family and maybe a few to sell.

Council agreed with Fannin’s point, but does not want people to think McArthur can become a commercial farming center. Therefore, Council will be limiting how many small farm animals which residents can have. The owners will have to buy a permit and be subject to an inspection. People who make an agreement with the village, but break it will be subject to action taken by the McArthur Police Department. Police Chief Matt Kight warned that an issue which could become a problem is noise complaints. Council will also decide whether to take into consideration how much property the people own.

“If people want to have large quantities of these animals, they should buy a farm,” said Hammond. “This is a fair compromise to the kids and community.”

Hammond is turning the matter over to Village Solicitor Troy Howdyshell to draft an ordinance for the Council’s consideration and the issue will be revisited.

In other news from the July 20 meeting, Council:

 * Heard from Jerri Ann Bentley of the Vinton County Health Department about the recent Wyman Park Appreciation Day. About 250 people attended and eight benches are sponsored. The construction activities around the park will be wrapping up soon and it has been a nice upgrade to a village-owned facility.

* A Bucket Drop event was approved as requested  by the Vinton High School Cheerleaders, which is set for Saturday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at the stoplight.

The Council will be meeting again Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. at the McArthur Fireman’s Bingo Hall.