Fox Point 'Chicken Ordinance' Defeated; Trustee Criticizes Resources Spent
After months of debate, chicken ordinance voted down 4-2.
A discussion about chickens lasted four months and cost the village about $5,000 in attorney’s fees, according to one Fox Point trustee.
That was too much for Douglas Frazer, who was among four trustees on Tuesday to reject the request from resident Jeff Ziebelman have chickens live on his property.
"It's my feeling that we've misplaced our priorities here and we've lost our way," Frazer said. "I'm going to vote no."
He contrasted the lengthy dialogue on the “chicken ordinance” with a vote last June to deny the Daughters of Charity permission to live together in a Fox Point home. The women, five unrelated parishioners of St. Vincent de Paul, are part of a group that has ministered in the Milwaukee area since 1842. Village ordinances say only up to three, unrelated adults can live in Fox Point in the same home, and the women were denied an exception.
"These were five accomplished women and the board turned them away. ... And yet, we're here falling all over ourselves for a chicken ordinance," Frazer said.
The final vote was 4-2 against the proposed ordinance. Ziebelman could not be immediately reached for comment.