Chicken vote dies for lack of motionWhen Mayor Bruce Ahlgren called for a motion to change city code to allow chickens at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, there was absolute silence in the council chambers and the matter died for lack of a motion.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
In April, Cloquet resident Diane Lambert asked the Cloquet City Council to reconsider the city’s ban on farm animals and allow residents to raise egg-laying chickens.
At that time, the issue was referred to the Cloquet Planning Commission and a committee which worked to come up with guidelines that would allow residents to raise chickens within city limits. On July 24, Planning Commission members voted to recommend the City Council approve the changes to the city code to allow residents to raise chickens provided they meet certain requirements.
However, when Mayor Bruce Ahlgren called for a motion at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, there was absolute silence in the council chambers
“The matter dies for lack of a motion,” Ahlgren said after asking three times for a motion.
After the meeting, City Attorney Bill Helwig said the chicken question could come up for another vote if a council member made a future motion to reconsider. For now, City Planner Al Cottingham said, “There is no amendment and thus chickens are not allowed in residential districts.”