On Monday, June 5, the Perry City Council met to discuss items in the community for the month of June. The following topics were discussed and acted on during Monday night’s meeting.


New Chapter 56 ordinance added involving the ownership of urban chickens in Perry


Previously, owning a chicken within city limits was not allowed unless otherwise approved by the City Council during meeting hours.


After receiving an increase in chicken requests, the City Council met for a special work session to discuss the future of chicken ownership within Perry limits.


Now, owning urban chickens are able to be within city limits as long as the following procedures are conducted beforehand: “attaining a permit from the City, a limited number of chickens, specific zoning regulations, certain types of enclosures with adequate shelter, food and water, and defines chickens at large as well as unlawful acts.”


A sculpture donation honoring the late Pete VanKirk will be placed in downtown Willis Avenue


Jenny Eklund, representing Art on the Prairie, presented the idea of a four-part sculpture series to be featured within Perry that pays tribute to two members of the community and two large aspects of Perry.


The “Born of Fire” sculpture will depict Pete VanKirk, a member of the community whose contributions have not gone unnoticed, with a mid-air stream of molten metal.


“Everything will be lit up and it will actually at night look like hot metal pouring out of the crucible,” Eklund explained. “We felt like there was a need for all that Pete has done for our community and there should be some way of thanking him; it was an emotional meeting with Derek and Kirk and Joyce is overjoyed.”


The sculpture is expected to make an appearance in Perry in June, followed by an unveiling and a celebration, Eklund said.


“It’s just going to be absolutely incredible, especially to have that [sculpture] here,” City Administrator, Sven Peterson said.


In addition, three other sculptures are planned to make an appearance but have not been approved by the city council yet as more arrangements are being made.


“These sculptures will be art and it’s going to have that same “wow” you’re going to get,” Eklund said.


City Administrator, Sven Peterson, will renew his contract for an additional three years


The City Council approved an additional three-year term with Sven Peterson’s City Administrator contract. Peterson has been working as the City Administrator since July 1, 2015 for the City of Perry. The Council notes that Peterson has had creditable reviews by the Personnel Committee.