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Chickens not allowed in HL
June 8, 2015

By Ivan Raconteur

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake City Council considered setting a public hearing regarding a possible animal ordinance amendment, but determined no hearing was needed.

The discussion stemmed from a request to keep chickens in the city, which is not permitted under the current ordinance.

However, because the planning and zoning commission voted 3-1 to recommend chickens not be allowed in the city, the council determined it would not be necessary to move any further with the process.

Summer hours start June 8

The council approved summer hours for the city offices.

Effective June 8 through Labor Day, the hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday.

The later hours Monday through Thursday may be more convenient for residents.

City Administrator Jennifer Nash said Friday afternoons are typically the slowest time for the city offices, especially in the summer.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• approved a variance for a deck at 301 10th Ave.

• witnessed the oath of office for new part-time police officer Brittney White.

• approved an $8,000 quote from Upper Midwest Athletic Construction for tennis and basketball court maintenance.

• approved the purchase of a 12-foot folding mower from Lano Equipment at a cost of $5,450 after trade-in.

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