City Council members said Tuesday afternoon they plan to go back to the drawing board on the animal control issue.
The council had been set to vote Tuesday night on an ordinance drawn up by the new Animal Control Board, but Councilman Moses Freeman called instead for the appointment of a Blue Ribbon Task Force to study the issue.
The council earlier voted down the section of the ordinance that would have allowed backyard chickens.
The panel then narrowly approved on first reading the remainder of the ordinance.
Mike Mallen, chairman of the Animal Control Board, agreed that the panel had not envisioned that it would be the one drafting the ordinance. He said its role will be to rule on specific cases involving its enforcement.
He said the work of the board will be helpful in the ultimate creation of the ordinance.
Mr. Mallen said he understood that council members had been hearing from a variety of constituents on the issue and wanted to take a broader view.
Council members said the move was not a slam on the board, but said it was necessary to step back and take a fresh look at the issue with a board group from the community involved.