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Small animal ordinance advances

William Jessup baseball team awarded key to the City of Lincoln
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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A small animal ordinance, allowing residents to keep up to five chicken hens and five rabbits within the city limits, was approved 4-0-1 by the Lincoln City Council Tuesday night. City Councilman Gabriel Hydrick abstained.

Steve Prosser, a Lincoln senior planner, said the ordinance was needed because some “animal husbandry projects had generated code-enforcement complaints.”

The city’s municipal code currently does not allow for the raising of agricultural animals in residentially-zoned properties. Representatives of the city’s 4-H and Future Farmers of America clubs had asked for the ordinance.

City Councilman Paul Joiner said he was supportive of the ordinance but was worried that four female rabbits could produce litters of 12 kits each, resulting in the possibility of 53 rabbits on one property.

Sheridan resident Lee Bastien, the Placer County Fair’s small-animal barn superintendent, said students raising rabbits for market projects at the fair don’t breed their animals constantly. He proposed a limit of 20 kits as a reasonable accommodation.

Hydrick, whose family raises rabbits, said most breeders know what they are doing.

“For the most part, this is self-regulating,” Hydrick said. “These folks have an objective and bunnies running loose doesn’t fit that objective.”

It was the first reading of the ordinance and will come back to the council for any potential amendments and a second vote.

Fourth of July fireworks funded

The City Council voted unanimously to fund a portion of the annual 4th of July fireworks show and to waive any associated staff fees incurred during the event. The Lincoln 4th of July Committee has so far raised $12,900 of the $19,000 needed to pay for the fireworks, according to Lincoln Public Works director Jennifer Hanson.

“This is more money raised at this point than in any other year,” Hanson said. “The maximum liability is $14,100 and staff does not anticipate funding that. The committee has raised the entire fireworks money in the past.”

The city’s help is needed because payments to the fireworks company, as well as a deposit, are due before the event.

William Jessup Warriors honored

The William Jessup Warriors baseball team was recognized Tuesday night for winning the 2018 Golden State Athletic Conference championship. The team was awarded the key to the city.

Mayor Stan Nader called the successful Warrior season “huge.”

“This is momentous for our city,” Nader said. “We built a field of dreams and they came. We created a partnership and we’re already seeing exciting things in our city.””

Head coach Jake McKinley said his team accomplished “the biggest turnaround in college baseball history.”

“We are indebted to you,” McKinley told the council. “We play in an elite facility. It’s so good we are hosting a national tournament.”

“We inherited 24 returning players and that was important,” added McKinley, who is still in his first year as the team’s coach. “This was a rare, special group effort; this group was one of the most potent offenses in college baseball.”

Other council news

Councilman Peter Gilbert asked that the Meyers/Nave report, the result of a third-party investigation into the city’s practice of not billing itself for municipal water use, be put on the agenda for the next City Council meeting. Gilbert said he had received requests from members of the public to include the report in a future agenda.