Voters will be asked the following ADVISORY QUESTION on the April 4, 2023 Consolidated Election Ballot.
An advisory question is a type of ballot measure in which citizens vote on a non-binding question. The difference between an advisory vote and any other type of ballot measure is that the outcome of the advisory question will not result in a new, changed, repealed, or rejected law. Rather, advisory questions allow voters to voice their preference and allow the local government to gauge public opinion on the issue being presented.
The question will appear on the ballot as below:
VILLAGE OF DURAND ADVISORY PROPOSITION TO AMEND THE
CODE OF ORDINANCES REGARDING POULTRY
“Shall the Village of Durand amend Section 6-2 of its Code of Ordinances to allow for the keeping of poultry within the Village, to be subject to restrictions set forth by ordinance?”
Sec. 6-2. Animals Other than Household Pets Prohibited; Declared a Nuisance.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any cattle, horse, swine, sheep, goats, poultry or other animals within the Village with the exception of dogs, cats, and other common household pets.
(b) Any animal kept in the Village in violation of subsection (a) is hereby declared to be a nuisance.
October 10, 2022- A group of Village residents officially presented a petition to consider allowing chickens within the Village limits.
The request is for households to be allowed to raise 15 meat chickens and/or some egg laying chickens. They sited that other villages and cities have allowed for “backyard” chickens within their municipalities under certain restrictions and guidelines and have been successful. There has been a few letters of support submitted to Village Hall.
In addition, there were citizens in attendance to advocate to keep the current ordinance intact and NOT allow for chickens within Village limits.
The Village Board would like to get a larger sample of opinions from residents living within the Village limits to determine whether to discuss the matter further or stay with current ordinance.
Again, this advisory question is a POLL to get the pulse of the community. It is not a binding referendum that changes law.
Vote accordingly on April 4, 2023-
YES= You would like to see chickens in town
NO= You do NOT want to see chickens in town