Meeting tonight: Council to talk rabbits, $1M pavement project

The Gilroy City Council held a regular meeting Monday, Jan. 9 at

The Gilroy City Council on Monday will consider an ordinance that would restrict the number of rabbits, chickens and other similarly sized creatures residents can own within the city limits.

Under the proposed ordinance, first introduced by City Councilman Perry Woodward in July, residents would be allowed to own a total of just six “small animals,” which include chickens, rabbits, pigeons, turkeys, peacocks and other legal fowl under 2 feet in height, according to a staff report.

Dogs and cats are not included in this ordinance, which also does not apply to circuses, carnivals, agricultural shows or similar events that operate for limited periods of time, according to the report.

Pet shops and pet grooming services also are not included. There are some exemptions for barns and stables resting on lands annexed into the city, according to the report.

The ordinance also states that any rooster over four months is also prohibited.

$1 million street fixes

Council members on Monday also will vote whether to award a $1 million pavement resurfacing project to a Mountain View-based company that offered the lowest bid, according to a staff report.

City staff are recommending approval for O’Grady Paving, Inc., which has offered a bid of approximately $1,144,000 to resurface stretches of Wren Avenue and Church Street. The project will span from Welburn Avenue to Ferrell Avenue and from Uvas Park Drive to Mantelli Drive, the staff report states. Roughly 18 disabilities-compliant access ramps also will be constructed.

The project is funded by both city and federal funds.

A look ahead:

  • The Council also is expected to interview for two open seats on the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission.
  • Up for adoption on the Council’s consent calendar is an ordinance imposing registration and maintenance requirements for ground-floor windows in vacant downtown buildings.
  • The Council will vote whether to formally adopt an Elections Campaign Finance ordinance, which would ban anonymous donations to political campaigns. The ordinance was introduced last month.


The Gilroy City Council meets 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 7351Rosanna Street in Gilroy.

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