North Judson Town Board Approves Two Ordinances on First, Second Readings

Two ordinances in the town of North Judson underwent their first and second readings by the town board this week and are slated for their third and final readings at the board meeting on Feb. 4. North Judson Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry explained the cemetery rules and regulations ordinance and the animal ordinance were approved on their first readings.

Last year, the board had performed the first and second readings of the cemetery rules and regulations ordinance, but a few minor changes were recommended by the town attorney As a result, the ordinance was not discussed again until this year, requiring the board to once again perform the first, second, and third readings of the ordinance.

The animal ordinance defines domestic animals that are allowed within the town, and any animal that isn’t listed in that ordinance, Henry said, is prohibited. Cats and dogsare mentioned in the ordinance as acceptable pets, but farm animals – pigs, cows, and others – are not allowed.

Henry explained previously that the council is discussing this matter because two or three people in town have chickens and other livestock in their back yard and because the town has no rules prohibiting the animals from being kept outside at a residence within the town limits, their hands are tied.

The final readings of the ordinances will be performed at their meeting on Feb. 4.