Hens in Lakewood organization hosted a forum about responsible backyard hen raising at Lakewood Public Library on Sunday. An ordinance is expected to be presented to Lakewood City Council soon.
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Monday, April 29, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
A forum is set to take place to discuss the proposal further at the Lakewood Public Library at 6 p.m. today.
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Miss anything? Here’s a highlight of the Lakewood stories from the week.
In case you missed any of the headlines in Lakewood during the week, we thought we’d highlight a few of ‘em for you. Co-owner of Happy Dog, Momocho Opening Bar, Restaurant in Lakewood: Eric Williams is working on plans to open El Carnicero in the now-shuttered McCarthy's Ale House at 16918 Detroit Avenue. Planning Commission to Revisit City's Historic Preservation Ordinance: It’s been six years since the ordinance has been reviewed. Following the recent decision on the fate of the Heideloff property, the planning commission thinks it’s time for a second look. City’s Boards and Commissions Under the Microscope: Lakewood City Council is taking a look at the city’s boards and commissions and reviewing their effectiveness — and whether they’re…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Maybe or maybe not. But organizers are hosting a public forum to discuss the idea at the Lakewood Public Library on Sunday.
Correction: The hens discussion is slated to begin at 6 p.m. According to Lakewood City Ordinance 505.18, it’s illegal to raise hens in the city. But don’t get your feathers all ruffled. A group of dedicated Lakewood residents is hoping to scrap that law. But first, they’d like to educate the community. In 2011, Mayor Michael Summers OK’d a pilot project that would have allowed four Lakewood families to raise hens in their backyards. Lakewood City Council later voted to close the “loophole” in the city’s ordinances that allows the mayor to make an exemption on the issue. That hasn’t deterred the grass-roots organization Hens in Lakewood. The group is hosting a forum at the Lakewood Public Library at 6 p.m. Sunday to open up the floor for …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
However, with the city’s ban on a variety of animals, it’s not likely to happen.
A Lakewood woman would like to keep a ‘teacup’ pig as a pet in her Cohassett Avenue home. However, a number of animals — including swine — are prohibited from living in the city, according to city ordinances. Shelby Costo, a lifelong resident, asked for council’s blessing at a recent council meeting to keep the domesticated, smaller-sized pig in her home. It's called a "teacup" pig, because — wait for it — the animal is small enough to fit inside of a teacup. “I have always been looking for a pet experience that is more unique than just a dog or a cat and that also would not be dangerous to the community,” she told council. “These interact well with other dogs and I do have two pugs already at home as well as small children. They thrive …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The idea was to educate the public about responsible backyard hen-raising.
More than 50 people attended a forum at the Lakewood Public Library on Monday to discuss raising hens in the backyards of Lakewood homes. More than half of them clearly supported the idea of raising hens in the backyard. The other half raised some concerns. The forum — presented by Lakewood Earth and Food organization and Hens in Lakewood — featured a panel of experts from the Ohio State University extension, local Realtors, family hen-keepers and local food advocates. April Stoltz, a member of the Hens in Lakewood organization, said the idea was to educate the public. Last year, Mayor Michael Summers OK’d a pilot project that would have allowed four Lakewood families to raise hens in their backyards. Lakewood City Council later voted to …
Vote in the poll and tell us what you think.
We first ran this poll in November after Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers OK'd a pilot project that would allow hens in the backyards of four Lakewood homes. City council later voted to take away the mayor's ability to make an exemption in the ordinance that bans chickens. It only made sense — as the grassroots organization Hens in Lakewood tries to keep the idea alive — to re-run this poll. We thought we'd ask who's down for it. How do you feel about it? Feel free to take our non-scientific poll below. If you've got more to share, please tell us in the comments.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Discussion tonight — at Lakewood Public Library — to discuss responsible backyard hen farming in Lakewood.
Can hens be responsibly raised in the backyard of Lakewood homes? That's the issue up for discussion at a public forum at Lakewood Public Library at 6:30 p.m. The forum — presented by Lakewood Earth and Food organization and Hens in Lakewood — will feature experts from the Ohio State University extension, veterinarians, local Realtors, family hen-keepers and local food advocates. April Stoltz, a member of the Hens in Lakewood organization, said the group is looking to educate the public about backyard hen-raising. “Our hope for this forum is that people will come with their excitement and their concerns," she said. "We want to show why Hens in Lakewood and the (Lakewood Earth and Food organization) want this. "For those folks who aren’t …
Friday, March 16, 2012
Organizations host forum to educate residents — and debunk some urban myths about urban hen-keeping.
Can hens be raised responsibly in a Lakewood backyard? That was the question posed to dozens of Lakewood residents who packed the Lakewood Public Library’s main auditorium on Thursday night for a movie and a discussion on the subject. Hosted by the Lakewood Earth and Food organization and Hens in Lakewood, the forum sought to address concerns regarding responsible backyard hen-raising in the city. Among them: That’s all according to the experts. Another event — featuring experts from the Ohio State University extension, veterinarians, local Realtors, family hen-keepers and local food advocates — will host another forum on March 26. A film, “Mad City Chickens,” which takes a “whimsical look” at the issue, was also presented to highlight the…
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Effort by Mayor Michael Summers to move forward with a backyard pilot project shot down on Monday.
Those who want to raise hens in their backyards will now have to go through Lakewood City Council first. On Monday night, council closed a “loophole” that allowed Mayor Michael Summers to grant an exemption in an ordinance that bans hens in the city. He had hoped to allow a one-year pilot project. The ordinance passed — by a 5 to 1 vote — removes the ability for the city’s director of public safety (the mayor) to grant exemptions based on reasons other than educational, scientific or commercial purposes. “I still think it’s a thoughtful approach to a thorny issue,” said Summers. “I believed that we would learn as a community about how to consider these complex issues … The notion of a trial makes sense as a community as we learn to talk …