Wilmore City Council members discussed a proposed livestock ordinance for the city at Monday night’s meeting for about 20 minutes and decided they would take action on the proposal at the next meeting on Sept. 19. Councilman Lynn Cooper introduced a revised version of the legislation at Monday’s meeting.
The council has not voted Cooper’s or any other versions of this proposed ordinance but is expected to take action on the proposal at the next meeting. In discussion, most of the council agreed that a one-year grandfathering clause would be appropriate if the ordinance is enacted to allow owners who would be in violation of the new ordinance time to adjust to the new rules.
A copy of the suggested ordinance is available below and at Wilmore City Hall.
An ordinance regarding the keeping of farm animals within the city limits of the city of Wilmore:
"WHEREAS, the City of Wilmore, Kentucky deems it necessary to enact certain measures to insure that the keeping of farm animals, within its corporate city limits is regulated so as to insure the public health and safety, and the protection of the animals, and
WHEREAS, the City of Wilmore believes that the keeping of certain animals, primarily associated with the traditional farm setting, within the city limits, is incompatible with modern urban living, based upon the danger and nuisance associated therewith.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED that from the effective date of this Ordinance forward, it shall be prohibited and unlawful for any person to keep pigpens on any real property located within the city limits of Wilmore, Kentucky, regardlesss of the size or zoning of the land, except on that property which is zoned agricultural.
The keeping or harboring of all other livestock (as defined below) within the City of Wilmore, Kentucky, shall be specifically prohibited on any lot, tract, or parcel of land unless at least two acres of land is dedicated for that specific purpose per animal. Any lot or tract of land larger than 50 acres in size shall be specifically exempted form this ordinance.
The above livestock provisions shall be subject to all of the following:
A. No livestock shall be permanently boarded (more than four days continuously) within 200 feet of a neighboring residence, city park, church or school.
B. All livestock shall be confined to the property by proper fencing.
C. Livestock shall not be permitted to go on the property of another unless done with the owner of that land’s permission and while under the direct control of the livestock owner.
D. Livestock may be on the streets of the City of Wilmore only if any animal waste produced is promptly and thoroughly removed.
E. Animal waste is to be managed promptly and thoroughly on the animal lot.
F. Appropriate cover for all animals is to be easily accessible by the animal(s).
G. For the purposes of this ordinance, the word livestock shall include all farm animals, with the exception of poultry, and including, but not limited to cattle, buffalo, sheep, horses, llamas, donkeys and mules.
That the violation of this ordinance shall subject the offender to a fine in the amount of $25 and each day such violation shall continue shall constitute a spearate offense for this purpose.”