Horse drawn carriage ordinance discussed in Norfolk
The second reading of a revised horse-drawn carriage ordinance in Norfolk, Nebraska that was tabled earlier this month is back on the agenda for Monday's city council meeting. The council tabled it Nov. 7th in order to make some changes to the requirements.
This ordinance deals with the operation of horse-drawn carriages on city streets. As the ordinance proposed at the last meeting, the language will revise definition of "horse" to include all equine species, such as donkeys, mules and burrows and will impose some restrictions on how close the carriages can come emergency vehicles. Some of the new changes since the last meeting include allowing horses to go without horseshoes, allow the option of immediately removing manure from the street in lieu of a manure-catching device and removes the requirement that horses have rabies vaccinations. If the council agrees with the changes Monday, then a second reading vote will be held tonight. The ordinance would still need a third reading.
Norfolk is hosting a community Christmas Celebration Saturday which is supposed to include horse-drawn carriage rides. However, there is a separate agreement that has been reached, so the rides will go on regardless of the outcome Monday night.