The Richfield City Council voted to allow companion pigs in the city limits — with some limitations.

The amendment to the city’s zoning ordinance allows pigs that are no larger than 22 inches tall and weigh no more than 150 pounds. All adult pigs have to be spayed or neutered, as well as vaccinated. Pigs are also required to be on a leash at all times when not at their owner’s home.

There will also be a permit required for people who wish to keep companion pigs — such as potbellied — in town, according to the ordinance. 

The vote was cast during a city council meeting hosted Sept. 10.

The council also voted to cancel its municipal election this year. 

With three candidates running for three spots, it didn’t make sense to spend more than $5,000 for an election, said Michele Jolley, city recorder.

“It can cost between $5,000 and $10,000 to run an election,” Jolley said. 

Those running for council spots include Kip Hansen, Todd Gleave and incumbent Kathy Christensen. They will take office in January 2020.

Current council members Richard Barnett and Kevin Arrington did not file for re-election, and will leave at the end of their current term.

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