Durham HENS is planning a major show of support at tonight’s City Council public hearing on a proposal to allow backyard hens.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall on Mangum Street, beginning with Mayor Bell's State of the City annual report and a few other matters before the hearing.
Local organizer and former council member Frank Hyman sent an e-mail this morning encouraging supporters to pick up “one of our very cool” Durham HENS T-shirts (Healthy Eggs in Neighborhoods Soon) at Barnes Supply on Ninth Street for $15 and wear it to the hearing. The money will help with education efforts, he says.
At some point organizers plan to ask all supporters to stand up and be counted. Councilmembers are hearing opposition from some constituents, Hyman says, despite newspaper stories showing other cities aren't having problems with backyard hens. As my colleague Jim Wise reports below, Councilman Eugene Brown wants a decision tonight.
Read Barry Saunders take on Durham's chicken fight here.