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Cleveland considers chickens & bees

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/08/08 @ 4:05pm

Cleveland's chickens and bees ordinance will be presented to Cleveland City Council today.

Organizations working on local food, such as the Ohio State University Extension, are in favor of the legislation and have been working with city council members such as Joe Cimperman to make sure the law doesn't create a financial burden for residents.

One of the sticking points in an early draft was an application and $200 permit fee from the city's Building Department. It is widely expected that the permit and fee will be removed, which will also relieve the city's already busy bureaucracy.

"Public support is still needed because we're not sure that all the votes are there," says Morgan Taggart of OSU Extension.

While it is unlikely council will vote on the measure tonight, public support is still needed. Other avenues of support include a letter writing campaign, which Carl Skalak, owner of Blue Pike Farm in Cleveland and others are helping to organize.

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