Providence Urban Chickens

from Leo @ scclt:

Hello friends of urban chickens,

I just wanted to bring everyone up to speed on where we are, what’s
coming down the pipeline this week, and how we are planning on moving

Last Thursday, Katherine, Nicole, and I went to the City Council
meeting to try to speak with the Ordinance Committee members before
the Council meeting and gauge whether they would be likely to support
the ordinance change. We spoke with Councilmen Narducci, Solomon,
Hassett, and Yurdin (Cliff Wood was late, but he’s also the sponsor of
the ordinance change). All seemed very supportive of the ordinance
change, but emphasized similar concerns: that we make sure the
ordinance language is “done right.” I would assume that this is
connected to the concerns that we’ve already anticipated (smell,
noise, rats, predators, humane treatment, etc.), but this is important
to keep in mind.

At the Council meeting, the request for the ordinance change was sent
straight to the Ordinance Committee, as we expected. The Ordinance
Committee meets this Thursday, 7/22, at 5:30 pm at City Hall
(Committee Room A, I believe?). We would like to have as many people
there as possible in the room to show support for the ordinance, but
we’ve been told that it would be best if only 4-5 people spoke to the
Ordinance Committee. We don’t want to irritate the members by
dragging the meeting on and on, but please invite friends, family, and
chicken-loving strangers alike to show up on Thursday at 5:30. If we
have a huge turnout in numbers, that will help us show the Ordinance
Committee that there are a lot of people in Providence who support
having backyard hens! Kate has been working on getting a chicken
design made so that everyone at the Ordinance meeting can wear a
Providence Chicken sticker and show what ward you live in. Kate, do
you want to email that to this list?

Here’s who we have lined up to speak already: Christie Moulton (Farm
Fresh), Christine Chitnis, Leo Pollock (SCLT). If you are interested
in speaking, please email me directly and we can figure out the
details. But once again, we will be better off if we have a room full
of people in support, but a very small number of people to speak so
that we keep the meeting short and sweet.

I’ve attached the most updated version of our Chicken Packet, which we
have been and will be handing out to all of the Council members. Hope
to see many of you Thursday!

Yours in the chicken revolution,

One thought on “Providence Urban Chickens

  • July 23, 2010 at 4:29 AM

    So, how did it go? What’s the next step? I’m aware of other cities changing ordinences too if additional materials would be helpful.


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