Walnut City Council discusses chickens


May 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Conceptual image of Walnut Splash Pad

The Walnut City Council had a discussion about chickens during their meeting Thursday evening. City Clerk Terri Abel says the Council tabled a decision on the matter until more information was available. Able says a woman living on Walnut’s “main drag” wants to raise chickens. They told her to check with her neighbors to see if they would object to having the fowl within the city limits, and report back next month.

Able says it’s not like the woman wanted to build a large egg laying facility or anything. She says she just wants to raise a few chickens for their eggs.

In other business, the Walnut City Council heard an update on the $200,000 splash pad project, the size and scope of which is expected to make the only one of its kind between Omaha and Des Moines. Abel says the project is nearing completion, and it’s hoped they’ll have it finished in time for the Memorial Day weekend. A special event is planned to celebrate the grand opening.

The public is invited to attend a free barbeque in the City Park, and the kids will be able to enjoy the new water attraction.

She says the project has been in the works for the past three-years, and was funded by local kids, grants and other efforts. And, the Walnut City Council, Thursday, discussed and approved a Law Enforcement Services Contract with Pottawattamie County. No changes were made to the contract, but Abel says they also talked about the possibility of sharing law enforcement services with the City of Avoca, however, no action was taken on that idea.