Members of the Chattanooga City Council Economic and Community Development Committee voted today to consider an amended version of the proposed animal control ordinance governing urban chickens.
Committee Chairman Chris Anderson created the amendments. The proposed changes include getting rid of a pre-licensing inspection, reducing the application fee from $100 to $50 and adding an opt-out provision for neighborhoods.
The full council will vote tonight on a first reading of the amended version.
Council members Yusuf Hakeem, Moses Freeman, Russell Harris, Chip Henderson, Jerry Mitchell and Chris Anderson voted for the amendment. Council members Carol Berz and Larry Grohn voted against the changes. Councilman Ken Smith abstained from the vote.
Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...