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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 12:00 pm

By Steve Dunn

Managing Editor

Unable to reach a consensus on whether pot-bellied pigs should be allowed in city limits, the Keokuk City Council will seek input from Police Chief Dave Hinton, Animal Control Officer Eric Lindley and City Attorney Audrey Alexander.

City council member Mike O’Connor said during Thursday’s workshop that the Code Revision Subcommittee that he chairs is split on the issue.

On Sept. 6, Angelica Finch approached the council about allowing her 5-year-old daughter to keep a two-month-old, 50-pound pot-bellied pig that the child had received as a birthday present.

“We could come up with an administrative procedure to cover licenses for such exceptions as this or come up with a new ordinance,” O’Connor said.

Even if the council established an administrative procedure to cover such cases as pot-bellied pigs, it still would have to enact an ordinance, Mayor Tom Marion said.

Another council member, Sandy Pollitt, said five people she’s talked to about the issue are against changing the current ordinance regarding livestock in city limits.

Council member Mike Moore said several people have talked to him about the matter. One person was aware of someone having six pot-bellied pigs for more than three years, according to Moore.

Community Development Director Pam Broomhall said a couple of veterinarians she’s talked to had no real concerns and that it all depends on being a responsible pet owner.

“Pot-bellied pigs have tusks and don’t do stairs well when they get larger,” Broomhall said. “Keep them occupied. It’s like having a 3-year-old for 15 years.”

Council member Susan Dunek said the issue of having chickens in city limits should be revisited, too.

In other business during the regular nine-minute meeting, the council took the necessary steps to issue up to $2.3 million of general obligation bonds.

The council also awarded a $4,145 contract to Mississippi Valley Roofing of Keokuk for replacing the roofs on the Kilbourne Park and Bluff Park shelter houses.

The council also:

Appointed Carol Vinson and Richard Moore to the Park and Recreation Advisory Board.

Reappointed John Davis to the Civil Service Commission.

Reappointed Ray Bradley to the Human Rights Commission.

Reappointed Linda Bradley, Roslyn Hogan and Carole Betts to the Historic Preservation Commission.

Approved a new special Class C liquor license five-day permit for Wine Over Water on Oct. 13.

Renewed a Class C beer/wine permit with Sunday sales for Aldi’s and a Class A liquor license with Sunday sales for the Knights of Columbus.

Council member John Helenthal was absent.

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