New London resident can keep her chickens
By STEPH TAHTINEN
Mt. Pleasant News
NEW LONDON — Denise Dejaynes can keep her chickens.
At Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the New London City Council discussed whether to allow Dejaynes to continue to have chickens at 300 South Walnut Street after receiving complaints about the smell.
Councilman Kirk Miller said that when the city first received the complaint, he went to the property and noticed a smell issue. However, the issue appears to have been taken care of, he said.
“I just went down there today before the meeting, I could not smell anything outside,” said Miller. “We did open up the garage and there is some smell inside the garage where they keep the chickens, but I did not smell anything outside.”
Dejaynes’ neighbor, Tammy Farley, spoke in defense of Dejaynes and encouraged better communication among residents of her neighborhood.
“My house is right next door to that garage and to the composting,” said Farley. “Yes, we’ve had a lot of rain and I as a neighbor — as a neighbor should — went to Denise and said, ‘Whoo, Denise, the composting’s getting a little ripe.’ And Denise said, ‘I’m working on it, and I’ll take care of it right away,’ and she did.”
Councilman Dan Berner said that as she has cleaned up the smell, he sees no issue at this point in time.
Councilman Mark Hempen agreed.
“It appears to me that as far as Mr. Miller’s visitation, she has worked very hard to eliminate the odor problem,” said Hempen. “You can’t ask any more of a resident than when you say, ‘Hey, can you clean up the smell,’ and they work really hard to clean up the smell.”
There was also some concern raised about Dejaynes’ roosters.
“I know we had a complaint on roosters, too, from the neighbors,” said Miller.
“I know in recent requests we told them they couldn’t have roosters,” said Councilman Greg Thu.
However, Dejaynes said she trained her chickens to stay up late and sleep in, and they do not usually wake up until about 10 a.m.
“I told our neighbors, if you ever hear those roosters, if they ever bother you, I’ll take them into the house,” said Dejayanes. “I’ll just cage them at night if they’re going to bother anybody or wake anybody up. We can accommodate that if there’s any problem.”
If there are more concerns raised in the future, the council will address the issue again.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the hiring of Brandon Fowler as a full-time police officer. He has worked as an officer in Donnellson for the past six years.
• Voted to apply for a grant for two new severe weather warning sirens. The plan is to put one siren on each side of town. City Clerk Kasi Howard noted that the town’s current weather siren is broken.
• Approved having Kiley Miller, Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance executive vice president, send out a request for proposals for a market analysis on residential development of the city-owned property at the intersection of South Pine Street and West Adams Street.
• Voted to apply for the new pilot program with the State Revolving Fund (SRF) where for every $1 million borrowed, the city would get $100,000 that must be used towards a water quality project. This is done through lowering the interest rate on the loan. The city would be eligible for up to $300,000.