Protect backyard coops in Smithville.
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Please support small, clean backyard coops in Smithville. Small coops of 10 or less hens may be allowed within seventy-five feet of neighboring homes. The current city ordinance regarding backyard coops is vague. It currently states, "No more than ten (10) poultry shall be kept, housed or lodged in any manner, including, but not limited to, any barn, building, pen or other structure within seventy-five (75) feet of the nearest portion of any occupied and habitable building on adjoining land..."
Éowyn Maynes (5 years of old Smithville, MO) received a small coop when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her coop is a clean, quiet space she enjoyed with her chickens. With only 2 weeks left in her life, a Smithville Police Officer arrived at her door and informed her parents that they had 30 days to get rid of Éowyn's chickens. Éowyn's parents immediately emailed the Smithville Board of Aldermen and Mayor to try and get clarification on the city's poultry ordinance. Sadly Éowyn passed away on May 13th before the board could make their final decision, but her parents and sisters want to be able to keep her 9 chickens to keep the connection with the daughter/sister they lost.
Please show your support for not just Éowyn's chickens, but show your support for all small backyard coops in Smithville! The Board of Alderman vote on the new ordinance at their Tuesday, June 5th at 7:00pm meeting.
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