CONCORD -- After one too many pre-dawn serenades, roosters are no longer welcome within city limits.

For the past few months, residents have pleaded with the City Council to follow the lead of other central Contra Costa County cities that prohibit the boisterous fowl. On June 16, a couple who live on San Simeon Drive submitted a petition with about 80 signatures they purportedly collected from neighbors asking the council to strike roosters from the list of noncommercial animals allowed in Concord. The council approved the ban June 24.

"The invasion of their crowing does not allow neighbors to enjoy an afternoon nap, a glass of iced tea or wine on their patio or entertainment of guests in their yard without extensive noise intrusion," the couple wrote in a letter attached to the petition.

The ban applies to any rooster hatched or acquired on or after Aug. 7.

Roosters already living in the city get a one-year reprieve from the new rule -- they may continue crowing until August 2015.

Lisa P. White covers Concord and Pleasant Hill. Contact her at 925-943-8011. Follow her at Twitter.com/lisa_p_white.



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