Berryville council approves ban on roosters

Friday, November 20, 2015

For the Berryville City Council, owning roosters within city limits is a cockadoodle don't.

The council approved an ordinance updating animal control regulations to prohibit roosters on Tuesday night. Approved on second and third readings, the ordinance repeals any ordinances conflicting with it.

Jay Lee, administrative assistant to City Hall, said the ordinance will go into effect Jan. 1, 2016. The time frame, Lee noted, should give Berryville residents who own roosters plenty of time to comply with the new ordinance.

The council also received the city's financial report for last month. In October, the city brought in $316,980.20 in revenue and spent $369,357.10. The final fund balance for the month was $66,647.24.

The council looked over the police report for October as well, noting 73 offenses this year compared with 58 offenses in October 2014.

Berryville officers wrote 134 tickets in October 2015, compared with 85 tickets last October. The most common ticket was for speeding, followed by no proof of insurance and no driver's license.

The council's next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at City Hall.

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