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Bemidji Pioneer
City Council to consider chickens
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The fate of 100 chickens will be decided by the Bemidji City Council Tuesday.

The chickens, raised within the city limits, will be slaughtered despite the outcome of Tuesday's council meeting.


The council has been asked to consider a request from property owners who had been told they had until Friday, Sept. 4, to remove the chickens from the Bemidji city limits.

Property owners are asking the council to allow them to retain the chickens until later this month, when they will be butchered.

The city of Bemidji allows residents to keep livestock in the city limits with a permit, which the property owners were granted in July.

A livestock license costs $35 and needs to be obtained annually.

City Clerk Kay Murphy said this is not the only site within Bemidji city limits that has live chickens. However, the number of chickens included at the site is higher than others.

In July, the council considered an application from Sam Kvale for 100 chickens. The council opted then to either approve or deny the request based on the comments from the Bemidji Police Department.

The end result was approval, with a condition: If one complaint was received, the chickens would have to be removed from city limits.

According to information included in the council's agenda packet:

The city received a complaint on Aug. 31 from a man representing a female neighbor who has health issues. The woman was told by her doctor that she should move out of the area until the chickens were removed.

The property owners have decided to ask the council to reconsider the revocation of the permit.

The property owners and the complainant are expected to attend Tuesday's meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting will be held on Tuesday due to Monday's Labor Day holiday.

City Park bids

The Bemidji City Council also will discuss the bids received for the first phase of construction for the soon-to-be-redesigned Bemidji City Park.

Six bids were received for the work, which includes softball field grading, seeding and automatic underground irrigation.

The low bud was from J.D. Hansen & Sons for $674,087.35, according to council documents.

The estimate for the work was $598,612.50.

The difference in the estimate and actual cost, according to Park and Recreation Director Marcia Larson, is because the consultant specified that a specific high-quality ballfield sand/topsoil mixture, which is expensive in the Bemidji area.

The consultant now is investigating alternatives for minimizing the amount of topsoil required, according to council documents.

Pioneer staff reports