Seligman re-examining farm animal ordinance

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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Seligman realtor Donna Birmingham addressed the Seligman City Council recently, asking aldermen to look into the ordinances for farm animals in city limits.

Currently, the ordinance states that no property may have farm animals within city limits.

Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk, said that is with the exception of farms that already had cows and that have a continuation of cows.

“That is according to the changes that were made last year,” he said. “No property was allowed to bring in farm animals again after that was passed. For example, if a cow on a farm inside city limits dies, the property owner cannot replace that cow.”

Nichols said Birmingham is a local realtor and her concern is that allowing people to have horses, cows, sheep, goats and chickens would make it easier to sell properties.

“By the end of the meeting, there was a motion to postpone further discussion until the October meeting,” he said. “I was tasked with going through and determining how many properties were agricultural and the sizes of each one of those properties.”

Nichols said he has put together a chart for the council to look at in the next meeting.

“Any property that wanted to change to agricultural would have to have a minimum of three acres to qualify,” he said. “In the past, it was one head of livestock per acre, so one cow or one horse per acre.”

Nichols said as far as getting to the point or making the change to allow farm animals in city limits, that decision would be made by vote on the ordinance by the City Council.

“The way the ordinance is now, even as an agricultural property, farm animals are not allowed in city limits,” he said.

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