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Fireworks ordinance approved, aldermen ponder chicken ban

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6:21 pm

By Ethan Colbert
bgted@lcs.net
On Monday evening, the City of Bowling Green
Aldermen unanimously approved Ordinance No.
1867, which allows for the use of fireworks on private
property on the Fourth of July.
According to a copy of the ordinance posted in
City Hall, residents will be able to use fireworks
from noon until 11 p.m. on the Fourth of July.
However, if the city has a burn ban in place at that
time due to drought weather conditions or high
winds, then no fireworks shall be allowed to be
used.
Ordinance No. 1867 continues the city’s existing
ban prohibiting the sale of fireworks within the
city limits of Bowling Green.
In other business, the city also approved
Ordinance No. 1866, which establishes a maximum
height for grasses and other vegetation;
Ordinance No. 1868, which establishes an incentive
program for employees who recruit new
employees to come and work for the city.
The Board of Aldermen also heard reports from
a Bowling Green resident who requested that the
city consider amending its ban on having laying
hens within the city limits.
Sherry Comer, of Bowling Green, approached
the city with a copy of Louisana’s ordinance which
according to Comer allows for a homeowner to own
up to five laying hens as long as the hens are kept
in an approved enclosure.
According to Comer, the homeowner must also
pay a one time $25 permit fee and a $10 annual fee
per hen.
City of Bowling Green Mayor Don Hunter said
he and other members of the city’s administration
would consider Comer’s request.
Ward II Alderman Mark Bair reported that he
had fielded questions from two different residents
asking about the city’s stance on laying hens.
“It is something for the city to consider,” Bair
said.
The council also heard a presentation from
Holly Leverenz, of rural Bowling Green, and Andy
Young, of Eolia. The two women appeared before
the Bowling Green Board of Aldermen on behalf of
the citizen’s advocacy group that they co-founded,
Concerned Citizens for Pike County 911.
According to the two presenters, they have organized
a petition that seeks to place Proposition
911 on the ballot in August. The Proposition,
which is based on RSMO 190.335, would seek to
create a nine sixteenths (9/16) of one per cent of
taxable sales for the purposes of establishing an
independent operational budget to provide for central
dispatch of fire protection, law enforcement,
ambulance services to include emergency, hospital
based or managed and other ambulance services
or districts, emergency telephone services.

According to the group’s proposed ballot
language, should Proposition 911 be approved by voters in
August, then the county’s current tax on landline
telephones would be abolished.
In order for Proposition 911 to be placed on the ballot, the
two co-founders say they must have the signatures
of 800 registered Pike County voters
to the Pike County Clerk’s office by
Monday, April 23. To help bolster their
efforts of collecting signatures, the two local
residents have made similar presentations to the Pike County
Mayor’s Association, the city councils of Louisiana and
Frankford, and the Village Board of Trustees in Eolia. They
will be making a similar presentation to the Curryville City Council
at next month’s meeting.

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