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OK asked for 4-H livestock in town
Written by Chandra Mattingly   
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 6:10 PM

A proposal to allow 4-H members to raise small livestock in the City of Aurora will be discussed at Aurora Plan Commission at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

A motion for the proposal died for lack of a second at Aurora City Council Monday, Jan. 14, after sometimes heated discussion. About a dozen 4-H members and involved adults spoke in favor of the idea.

But city attorney Jeff Stratman, who prepared an ordinance amendment at councilman Joe Milish's request, said doing so does not mean he supports the idea.

“The first neighbor who builds a goat pen next to me … I'm going to be down here raising heck. … I don't want livestock in my neighborhood,” said Stratman.

The amendment would have allowed 4-H members to keep livestock maturing under 90 lbs. in the city, as long as it would not create a noise, sight or obnoxious odor nuisance. Goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens and other poultry would fit that description.