City council talks chickens, approves unified flood plain control ordinance

The Terre Haute city council is still considering changes to animal care rules. Members also approved a measure that means residents can keep their flood insurance at a meeting Thursday.

Posted: Apr 4, 2019 10:21 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - City leaders say they plan to tackle animal care issues one at a time after a meeting Thursday night.

The Terre Haute city council voted to withdraw an ordinance that would update animal care rules, however, the changes could still happen.

News 10 told you last month a committee met to talk about this ordinance. The committee agreed on three recommendations regarding beekeeping.

In order for the council to vote on the changes, the ordinance has to be reworded to reflect them. That's why the ordinance was withdrawn.

It will be back up for discussion, and even a vote, at the May 2nd city council meeting.

As for city chickens, Council President Martha Crossen says there needs to be more discussion. She plans to create a committee to tackle this issue.

"The issue of the chickens really hasn't been looked at carefully and so in order to do that properly, and in the best interest of our citizens, we felt like we needed to look at that really carefully and that issue came up as a result for the other revisions."

There is no timeline as to when city leaders could take action on this subject but Crossen says she hopes to have a committee organized come May. Committee meetings would be open to the public.

Also Thursday night, the council approved a unified flood plain control ordinance. City attorney Eddie Felling explains the ordinance offers a "comprehensive plan" to limit where new construction can go and ensures residents can keep their flood insurance.

The county will also have to pass the proposal. Felling says this means the city is now in full compliance with the state.

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