The city of Appleton will let people have chickens in their backyards.
The council voted 8-6 last night to allow up to four chickens in coops, at single-family homes and duplexes. The city will have to issue a permit, and there will be specific setback rules and standards for cleanliness.
Ald. Vered Meltzer introduced the proposal seven months ago. Last month, Mayor Tim Hanna cast a tie-breaking vote in favor of chickens, but council members reconsidered and waited for new members to take office, after the spring election.
Meltzer says since that earlier vote, everyone has kind of been waiting on the edge of their seat, to see it finally concluded.
Council members debated the various rules and standards for about 1-1/2 hours, before they were approved on an 11-3 vote.