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Pleasant Grove delays decision on pigeons

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PLEASANT GROVE (AP) — Gordon Smith has 100 pigeons and that's twice the number the city allows.

Smith wants the city to amend its ordinance to allow more pigeons, and has support from the Planning Commission, but the city council has put off acting on the proposal.

Meanwhile, city administrators are threatening to revoke his conditional use permit, and he is scheduled to go to court this week over the issue.

The city first moved against him on the issue last year, but the court put the case on abeyance because the city was considering revision to the current ordinance.

More than a year ago the Planning Commission recommended the city change its ordinance to allow for expert bird racers, like Smith, to raise up to 140 racing pigeons and to have more than one loft.

The issue hasn't moved forward since then.