The Aberdeen City Council heard a request to let residents keep chickens, among other issues, at Monday night's meeting.

Frank Turner said he lives on Chesapeake Court with his wife, two children and six chickens they keep as pets and use the eggs.

Last Friday, however, he got a notice from code enforcement advising him it is illegal to keep and raise poultry in Aberdeen.

Turner explained he recently moved from Seattle, where he said people are allowed to keep up to eight chickens, and pointed out that residents in other jurisdictions, including Baltimore and Annapolis, can also have poultry.

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"They're very clean animals and help control the insect population," Turner said.

Turner asked the council to consider a change to the zoning code allowing poultry use in Aberdeen.

The council did not seem especially keen on the request, but Mayor Mike Bennett explained the city would have to introduce a new ordinance to make that change.

Turner said he would like to offer his services in creating such an ordinance.

"I have grown up around animals all my life," he said.

Fire hydrants, presentations

The council approved an ordinance allowing fire hydrants to be used according to the policy of the public works department, instead of specifying that the city manager or representatives are authorized to use hydrants.

A charter resolution for the Gilbert Road annexation was also introduced.

Mark Schlottman presented $500 on behalf of the Aberdeen Lions Club to the Earth Day committee, noting the Earth Day celebration has grown each year. He also urged county officials to come out to the event as well as those in the city.

On behalf of the city's election committee, he also presented city clerk Monica Correll with an award and a bouquet for being named the municipal clerk of the year. He was joined by two other election committee members, Mary Law and Gina Bantam.

Yvonne Gabriel, a teacher at the Science and Math Academy, said 13 students analyzed trees at Festival Park and said those trees alone have helped the city save more than $1,000 in energy costs and mitigate 116,000 gallons of stormwater.

She also said the Academy would love to help with the city's burgeoning "Green Team."

Other requests

Paul Kertis, of Windemere Drive, asked why no paving was being done on a portion of Beards Hill Road, said that he did not get his new Aberdeen newsletter for May until June and asked if the council could look into noise issues, like train whistles.

Bennett said he believes train conductors are required to blow the whistle and was familiar with the noise, as someone who also lives right by the tracks.

About the roads, he explained the city has a road-repair schedule.