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Council rejects request to rezone land

The Decatur City Council rejected a request Monday to allow farm animals to be housed on 3.6 acres of residentially zoned property.

Council President Billy Jackson abstained from the vote, saying he had personal dealings with the persons in charge of the property.

Councilman Ray Metzger voted in favor of the request by Minnie Wheeler to rezone land near Second Street and 14th Avenue Southwest for agricultural use. The request failed to gain a council majority vote when councilmen Ronny Russell and David Bolding voted against the measure.

Wheeler wanted to build a barn to house a horse on the property, but the city's Planning Commission rejected the idea, citing odor problems and saying that rezoning the property would allow all types of farm animals there, including chickens and pigs.

- Chris Paschenko

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