The North Judson Town Board this week adopted two ordinances that have been on their agenda for several months. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry explained the town performed the third and final readings of their new cemetery rules and regulations ordinance, as well as the animal ordinance regulating domestic animals within the town.
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 dogs are 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.