Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen unanimously passed a measure to prohibit livestock/farm animals within the city limits during their monthly meeting held on Tuesday, May 14 inside the Lange Building.
Aldermen voted to repeal Article III:“Kennel and or Livestock Permits” and replace it with Article III:“Kennels and Farm Animals.”
The original Article III was in place before zoning codes were adopted so the proposed changes make the code clear by prohibiting livestock or farm animals within the city limits. It also makes regulations for kennels in areas that are allowed by the zoning code.
The new law, which was passed to meet zoning laws already on the books, first describes a livestock/farm animal as an “animal normally raised on a farm or rance and used or intended for use in farm or ranch production or as a food or fiber. Examples of these animals are horses, cows, mules, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry, or other domesticated animals.
The new law makes it unlawful for any person to maintain a kennel within the city unless the person has obtained proper zoning approvals, licensing, and obtaining a permit as provided in Section 210.160. Applications for needed permits shall be made to the Board of Aldermen as they may grant or deny the request.
In Section 210.170, an application for a kennel permit must be accompanied by a petition showing the approval of owners of real estate abutting the premises on which the kennel is to be located or housed.
Permits will not be granted by aldermen if any adverse effects could take place on adjacent properties or on the occupants.
The Board of Aldermen participated in a brief goal setting activity.
The listed priorities they made are, in no particular order: Make Vandalia an attractive place to live, work, and raise a family; Economic Development with emphasis on job creation; review electric rate structure; public education, awareness, and relations; street improvements; review sidewalk practices and policies; continue cleanup and abatement processes; drug enforcement; support of the Library/YMCA project; and fiscal responsibility.
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