By Casey Crowley

“Save the Roosters” read the back of one man’s shirt in the crowd of Tuesday’s Baker City Council meeting, and save the roosters they did.

After hearing comments from six different residents, all opposed to the ban, the City Council unanimously voted to reject an ordinance that would ban roosters within city limits. Larry Rockenbrandt presented the city with a petition signed by 175 people who opposed banning roosters.

During the meeting there were no community residents who spoke in support of banning roosters.

The original idea to ban roosters came up after the City received a complaint from a small number of people who had encountered roosters crowing in the middle of the night.

Instead of passing the ordinance outright banning roosters the Council now plans to make changes to the city’s noise ordinance.

In other business, Julie Smith, city recorder, announced that there are now three certified candidates for the Nov. 6 City Council election: Kevin Luckini, Daryl DeMoss and Randy Schiewe. This year there are four seats that are up for election. Schiewe is the only candidate who is an incumbent. There also are five other people who have been authorized to collect signatures to get on the ballot.

In July, Luckini’s proposal to build the first and only townhouses in Baker City was approved by the Baker City Planning Commission.

The deadline for candidates to get on the ballot is Aug. 28.

The City Council also appointed five applicants to open positions. Anna Stafford was appointed to the Tree Board; Lisa Jacoby, Karla Macy and Linda Collins were appointed to the Parks and Recreation Board; and Charlie Tracy was appointed to the Airport Commission.

The City also still has open positions on the Public Arts Commission, Public Works Advisory Committee and Airport Commission.

Councilors approved an ordinance that will amend restrictions on problem pet owners in the city.

They also voted to give City Manager Fred Warner Jr. the authority to accept a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The grant will allow the city to improve a portion of the pavement in one of the hangers.

The grant requires a 10-percent match from the city. The actual grant agreement will not be presented to the City until late August or early September. Once the City receives the grant agreement it will have just 24 to 48 hours to accept the grant.