LOWELL -- Emily Perry said she was recently house-hunting in Lowell when she found "the house."
Perry said she was ready to move forward with the purchase, but forgot to think about whether she could bring her miniature pig with her to the Mill City.
"I put in an offer and I said, 'Oh crap, what about Bacon?' " Perry said, referring to her 20-pound mini pig, which is 1.
Perry told the story to the City Council Tuesday night, as she urged the body to consider amending a city ordinance to allow residents to keep miniature pigs as pets.
"I am coming here as a potential resident just trying to do my due diligence and be a good citizen and be in compliance with the current ordinance," said Perry, who lives in the Greater Boston area.
She recommended several restrictions be put in place along with an ordinance change, including that the mini pigs must be kept indoors and the pigs would have to weigh less than 50 pounds.
At City Councilor Bill Martin's recommendation, the City Council referred Perry's petition to the Law Department for a report and recommendation. Martin said once the Council receives the report, it could decide whether changing the ordinance is proper.
Last year, the City Council discussed amending a city ordinance to allow residents to keep backyard chickens.
In other business Tuesday, the council:
* Voted 8-1 to approve a memorandum of understanding Local 2532 on a new contract that runs from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015. The agreement calls for a 1.5 percent pay raise in year one, followed 2.5 percent raises in the second and third years of the agreement. Mayor Rodney Elliott was opposed.
* Approved Dan Rourke's motion requesting City Manager Kevin Murphy to update the Council on the special permit status for 557 Varnum Ave. and any future plans for the structure.
* Approved John Leahy's motion requesting the city manager have the proper department meet with the Middlesex County Sheriff's Department to organize a major cleanup for the city.
* Approved Leahy's motion requesting Murphy have the police and fire departments provide a report to the council regarding their annual fundraising efforts.
* Approved Rita Mercier's motion to have the proper department synchronize the lights on Gorham and Highland streets to remain green 60 seconds longer from 4-6 p.m. and remain green for 30 seconds longer at Gorham and Elm streets from 4-6 p.m.
* Voted unanimously to approve a zoning change extending the SMU zone to include 1422.1 and 1434.1 Gorham St.
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