LEAD, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Lead held the vote today for the chicken ordinance that limits the amount of chickens a resident can have. Those who voted for the ordinance won, and it will remain.
In June, the Lead City Commissioners approved a new ordinance that only allowed a maximum of 6 chickens in one's backyard and no other type of livestock. These chickens are to be kept at least 50 feet away from the house or public building.
Former Lead Mayor Jerry Apa lead the opposition to this ordinance and wanted to keep what has been law in Lead for years, where chickens, as well as roosters and other livestock, are allowed and there is no maximum number.
Those in favor of the ordinance won 174-114 votes. It will go into effect immediately.