Tyrone Borough Council on Monday voted 4-2 to accept a new ordinance allowing chickens in the borough.
Councilman David Snyder made the motion, and Councilman William Wiser gave the second; Councilwoman Tammy Wills and Mayor Bill Latchford agreed. Councilmen Charlie Mills and Bob Dollar voted against passing the ordinance.
Council voted unanimously in July to have Solicitor Dan Stants draft an ordinance to allow borough residents to own and raise chickens, via permit process, after a resident at West 16th Street spoke and asked to be allowed to keep chickens he already owned at his property.
The new ordinance amends the Borough’s Code of Ordinances Chapter 61, titled “Animals,” by adding an Article titled, “Chickens.” It will be unlawful to keep chickens within the borough except as outlined in the Article.
Chickens will not be allowed to run at large, entering roadways, sidewalks, play areas or parks — public or private property, or anywhere that people congregate or walk.
“Any chicken not contained within an approved coop or run shall be deemed ‘at large,’” reads the document. Any violations will be charged as a nuisance.
Coops and properties will be required to be kept orderly and sanitary, so as not to become a hazard or nuisance to public health.
Property owners who wish to keep chickens will need to pay a fee and obtain a permit from the Borough. A limit of six female chickens will be permitted by each property owner. The ordinance states no roosters will be permitted to be kept in the Borough, although Council had talked last month about allowing one rooster per property.
Details for the ordinance were determined following discussion by Council in July. A Lincoln Avenue resident spoke up in agreement with allowing chickens, and Mayor Latchford said he had previously had the same matter brought to him. He commented that chickens keep yards clean from ticks and other pests.
Councilman Ken Patterson, who was absent from Monday’s meeting, said in July that his family would like to own chickens, but his concern was in what the decision “could turn into.” He proposed the permit process to help keep a handle on enforcement.
“I like farms a lot, so I have no qualms with this,” said Mayor Latchford last month. “I think if we permit it and have regulations set up — this is the only farm animal I can think of that could be inside a community.”
With the passing of the ordinance this week, it takes effect immediately. Questions can be directed to the Borough office at 814-684-1330. Borough Council meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Borough Building, Logan Avenue.