now if only i can get approved here in carbon cliff (im right next door) Good Job Kathy Johnson Chickens get Silvis approval Share Originally Posted Online: Jan. 17, 2012, 8:59 pm Last Updated: Jan. 17, 2012, 9:21 pm Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story By Leon Lagerstam, firstname.lastname@example.org SILVIS — City council members Tuesday night approved a long-awaited ordinance amendment to allow chickens, or "pet hens" as they were called by resident Kathy Johnson, who requested the change back in October. The board also discussed a proposed Silvis Open amateur golf tournament, with a vote scheduled for the council's Feb. 7 meeting. Ms. Johnson thanked council members "on behalf of all those who want to have pet hens." "I hope that you are proud of your decision that Silvis is the first in the Quad-Cities to be progressive with this green and self-sustaining concept, as well as entertainment, by allowing pet hens," she said. "This ordinance can be an example that Silvis is true to its motto — a City of Progress." The ordinance defines accepted chickens as members only of the "subspecies Gallus gallus domesticus." Still banned are ducks, geese, turkeys and other species of poultry, as well as cattle, swine, sheep, goats and other hooved animals. Roosters also are not allowed, nor can people slaughter chickens within the city limits, according to the amended ordinance. No more than three chickens will be allowed, with a $5 permit fee and leg bands required for each chicken. The chickens cannot roam free. "Chickens must be kept in an enclosure or fenced area at all times," the ordinance reads. "Chickens shall be secured within a henhouse or chicken trailer during non-daylight hours." Henhouses, chicken-tractor devices or chicken pens also must be in a person's backyard "unless setback requirements cannot be met," in which case they may be kept in a side yard. Setback requirements include being at least 10 feet from a property line and at least 25 feet from adjacent residential dwellings, churches, schools or businesses. Chicken breeding or commercial fertilizer production also will not be allowed. The ordinance also lists a variety of other components outlining allowable enclosures; odor and noise impacts; predators, rodent, insect and parasite precautions; food and water provisions; and waste storage and removal guidelines. It also includes ways permits can be denied, suspended, revoked or declined, as well as an appeal process. A full copy of the ordinance is at city hall, 121 11th St., Silvis, and will be posted online at silvisil.org">www.silvisil.org website in weeks to come. The proposed golf tournament is scheduled May 5-6 at the TPC golf course, pending final council approval. A motion to name Ald. Matt Carter, 2nd Ward, as tournament director also will be on the Feb. 7 agenda. Council members discussed how the city would be the tournament's title sponsor for the tournament, which will cost no more than $2,500 with reimbursement from the event's proceeds. In other action, Mayor William Fox reported the city will get $3,409 from the Illinois Department of Transportation for being among small cities with above normal population growths. The council also approved raising water-meter deposits to $100 and to bill meter deposits and water bills only to property owners. City administrator Jim Grafton also told board members the city has saved approximately $67,000 in snow removal and salt costs this winter compared to the same time last year when there were nine snow storms, compared to two so far this winter.