4-H lambs OK in city, WSCC says

Lambs can soon be kept as 4-H projects in White Salmon city limits following an ordinance passed by the City Council.

Five days from today, 4-Hers can buy licenses to keep project lambs for a limited period of the year in the city limits of White Salmon.

The City Council approved an amendment to the Animal Ordinance on Monday during a special council meeting, that permits residents to raise

lambs less than one year old as 4-H projects from March 1 to Aug. 31 of a calendar year.

The ordinance expressly prohibits keeping lambs as pets.

A title summary of the amended ordinance was published in this issue of The Enterprise and holds that the amendments will take effect five days after publication, which would put the start date at Feb. 17.

Here’s the text of the permit language: “A resident of the city may submit a written application to the

clerk-treasurer or designee for a revocable permit to maintain...lambs (“Allowed Farm Animals”) within the city. The application shall include the name and address of the city resident who will at all

times be responsible for the lambs in compliance with this chapter.”

The applicant for a lamb permit must provide proof of participation in 4-H and an acknowledgement

that the sheep may not be kept from the first of September to the end of February. The limit is

one lamb per child. Cost of the permit for one 4-H lamb includes a $15 application fee and a $15 annual fee.

Two leaders of a local 4-H club, with encouragement from Councilor Bill Werst, approached the City Council on Jan. 7 with a request “to allow lambs in the city limits for the benefit of 4-H participants.”

Monday’s vote in favor of the lamb amendments was 3-0, with two absences excused.

The ordinance makes the keeping of lambs subject to providing food, water, health care, and shelter from weather and predators, as well as such nuisance strictures as damage to others’ property or use or enjoyment of property.

In business conducted during its regular meeting on Feb. 4, the City Council ratified the award of a

contract to Gross Enterprises for the emergency repair of a leaking 14-inch water main in the vicinity

of 1655 Jewett Blvd. The council authorized up to $12,000 for the work.

Mayor David Poucher declared an emergency on Jan. 29 to address the potential undermining of State Route 141 pavement, as well as the

loss of a significant amount of water. Simonson told the council his employees were repairing a water service leak at 1655 Jewett when they found more water than usual running into the highway ditch.

In the final issue, he determined he did not have the right equipment to make the repair in a safe manner.

“It had been leaking for a significant amount of time and reached the point last week where we had to do something about it, ASAP,” Simonson said.

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