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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 .

"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 . 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.

Kris February 16, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I don't understand his need to compare last summer's discussion with this one. Two completely different issues, to be debated on their own merit. I think chickens should have been allowed, by the way, and I think the women should have been granted an exception. I think Fox Point trustees are overzealous in their need to keep things sterile and buttoned down here.
Jane Klein February 16, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I don't personally want to keep chickens, but we have friends in other parts of the country who have chickens and they live in expensive suburban communities. Martha Stewart has had chickens for a long time. The eggs taste so different from what we buy at the grocery store.
Jane Klein February 16, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Sorry that first sentence reads kind of funny - the friends I was referring to live in expensive communities, not just their chickens!
Jane Klein February 16, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Did the board do any research as to whether lots of problems have arisen with keeping chickens in the municipalities that allow it?
Jane Klein February 16, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Kris, maybe what Frazer meant was that if the board is not about to allow any exceptions or changes to life in Fox Point then it certainly shouldn't run up any legal fees before voting on an issue.

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