HOMEWOOD | Residents are now free to raise chickens in Homewood, following the Village Board's approval last week of an ordinance that amended the municipal code regarding animals.
The ordinance that allows the raising of female chickens on residential property passed by a 4-0 vote. With three trustees not present, Village President Rich Hofeld cast the fourth vote needed for passage.
"There are very few people that I feel will actually do it," Hofeld said.
Hofeld said a couple who attended last week's Village Board meeting expressed concern that allowing chickens might be detrimental to the village due to any associated odor, but he said restrictions in the ordinance should address any potential problems.
He said one requirement is that chickens can't be kept within 30 feet of a structure. There is also a limit of six hens per residence, and the slaughtering of chickens is not allowed.
Hofeld said allowing residents to raise chickens for their eggs is part of the "go green movement."
"It's a big expenditure on their part, to buy one of these coops and to maintain it," he said.
In other village news, Hofeld said Walmart has indicated it will move from Glenwood to Homewood in the summer of 2015.
Glenwood Village President Kerry Durkin has said he was notified in December that Walmart was planning to move out of Glenwood, but no exact time was given.
The plan is for Walmart to move from its location at 103 W. Holbrook Road in Glenwood to the former site of a Super Kmart at 17550 Halsted St. in Homewood.
Last week, the Homewood Village Board gave village staff approval to draft an ordinance that would increase the number of liquor licenses in the village so that Walmart will be able to sell packaged alcohol.