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Council approves chickens

CORRECTION: The Nevada Journal jumped the gun on reporting that residents of Nevada will be allowed to raise chickens. Nothing has been approved at this time to allow it. What the Nevada City Council did at its May 12 meeting is direct staff to prepare an Ordinance amendment to Chapter 55 to include a section allowing Urban Chickens for final consideration” (similar to that of the City of Cedar Rapids). By law, it will take three readings (meetings) of the ordinance before it goes into effect. The ordinance and permit has been drafted and is currently being reviewed by staff and the City’s attorney, so the public can expect the City Council will discuss the first reading to the ordinance on Tuesday, May 27.The council also determined that the speed limit on Lincoln Highway should not be reduced at the west end of town between West Fourth Street and West 18th Street. This decision came after researching the amount of crashes in that area. Residents also responded 7-0 via email to maintain the 45 mph speed limit in that area.

With the council’s blessing, Mayor Lynn Lathrop will appoint a community betterment committee to review the designs submitted by recent graduates of the Leadership Nevada program. As part of Leadership Nevada, the participants were asked to submit concepts for utilization of the former Minsky’s property, located at the corner of Lincoln Highway and Sixth Street next to City Hall. Contact the city if you would be interested in being a part of the committee.

Nevada residents also have the opportunity to weigh in on these designs; all three concepts (shown with this story) are on display at City Hall in the front lobby. Residents can fill out a short survey, determining which concept they think would be best for the city.

The council also approved an agreement with ABC sports to provide online registration for the Nevada Parks and Recreation Department. This will allow citizens to use a credit or debit card to complete their registration. The agreement has a one-year trial basis.

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