Chickens or no chickens? That is the question Boonville City Council must answer

Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News

The Boonville City Council addressed a topic at Monday night’s meeting whether to allow residents to have chickens within the city limits.

Boonville City Administrator Kate Fjell said the city has had several people ask for chicken permits. However, she said the ordinance is actually confictling because one section where it seems to say that you can’t have chickens and another part of the ordinance that says you can have chickens with a municipal permit, which was issued through the city administrator. “I just asked the council if we could clean that up, because I don’t like that there’s not a clear set of guidelines on when we decide to allow or not allow chickens, so I think we just need to have this same rules for everybody,” Fjell said. “We created a committee with a couple council people, myself and then one of the citizens who had some chickens, so we’ll bring forward some suggested revisions.”

Of course chickens wasn’t the only topic of discussion at Monday’s meeting. The council also held a second reading to establish the tax levy for 2021-22. Fjell said the tax levy was approved.

In addition, the council approved street closure and parking request for Boonville High School Homecoming Parade on Friday, Oct. 1.

The council also had the first reading to approve the final site plan for Boone Point Phase 1 project on Ashley Road. Fjell said the council will take a vote on this topic at the next meeting but it should be approved because it meets all of the citys requirements for site plan.

On reports from standing committees, Fjell said the police board met and the planning and zoning reviewed the Boonville Point Subdivision and then took a rezoning request for a project on Ashley road. She said the hearing for the project, which will include eight buildings and 48 senior housing units, will be held on September 7.

The property is owned by GRM, which is right next to Dollar General.

The council also heard from Bernita Bright, chief operator of the wastewater treatment plant in Boonville, and Russell Gerling, of the water treatment plant. Bright said she has five full time personnel.

In her presentation, Bright included a brochure to explain what wastewater treatment consists of, and also a drawing of the wastewater plant. “I oversee the operations of the Wastewater Treatment Plant & 15 Lift Stations,” Bright said. “Basically, we clean up the sewer water before it goes back into the Mo. River.

As for Gerling, he said he manages the daily operations of the drinking water treatment plant in Boonville.

“We have a staff of five employees, including me at the water treatment plant,” Gerling said. “Todd Baslee is the chief operator and supervisor; Brian Weber is also an Operator. Andrew Porter and Matthew Bishop are utility workers. We operate and staff the water treatment plant seven days a week, 365 days a year. While maintaining state and federal compliance regulation, we are responsible for operations and maintenance of the drinking water treatment plant, basin building, C02 building.”

Gerling added that the water plant is capable of treating 3.9 million gallons a day (24 hours).

“Alliance Water Resources, Inc. has been in business for over 45 years and our corporate headquarters are just down the road in Columbia, Gerling said. “We work for municipalities and districts in Missouri, Iowa, Kentucky, and Tennessee, with nearly 300 employees. We offer services including drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment, water distribution systems, sewer collection systems, public works, meter reading and billing. Alliance Water Resources has professional engineers on staff who can assist our clients with Inflow and infiltration reduction, industrial pretreatment, fats oils and grease (FOG), stormwater management, water loss reduction, and capital improvement programs. Alliance Water Resources is an affiliate of the Missouri Municipal League, Missouri Rural Water Association, and several members of the team are members of Missouri Water Wastewater Conference.”