Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Why I agree with Mayor Francis on Urban Hens

City Hall cannot allow constituent concerns to occupy all of its time.  Not when it should be focused on fulfilling a vision for Windsor.  Are we going to spend the next three months debating chickens?
That is Mayor Francis' opinion, and I happen to agree with him.

This is exactly why the Licencing Commission recommended a working  group that would look at the issue.

That's the way efficient councils work.  They delegate the work to subcommittees who quietly perform the task behind the scenes, so public time is not wasted.

We don't have to have lengthy debates on the issue, especially not now, before looking at the facts.   Looking at the facts includes researching the pros and cons, and learning from other cities that have already gone through this process.

The working group should also look how urban chickens, together with the larger story of food sovereignty, will help Windsor project a more forward thinking, progressive image that is conducive to attracting new residents, and keeping Windsorites from moving away.  Economic development is unarguably a major strategic goal.

We don't need a large cumbersome working group. We need one with just enough resources to do the job efficiently.  This process has been done already in many other cities, and there are a number of volunteers available to help with this task, so very few City resources need to be expended.  Let's just get on with it.

This fits in well with the City's mission statement :

The City of Windsor, with the involvement of its citizens, will deliver effective and responsive municipal services, and will mobilize innovative community partnerships.

And the City's vision:
Windsor, Canada's southernmost city and international gateway, is a diverse community of safe caring neighbourhoods, with a vibrant economy and a healthy sustainable environment.
Let's stop the debates.  We should establish an innovative community partnership involving our citizens and lets get to work on our vision to live in a healthy sustainable environment.  An effective and responsive municipal service will see the sense in that.

1 comment:

  1. My thoughts exactly. There's no reason for city council to be "bogged down" by this issue any more than it would be on, say, an alley closure.

    Implementing "urban chickens" is not rocket science. Plenty of other mid-size cities have done it and now we have the luxury of modeling after others best practices instead of having to sort this out on our own.

    Plus we have a committed group of citizens willing to volunteer their time on a pilot study and to assist the city in the process. It's not like CLUCK/Windsor is telling the city to do all the legwork for them.

    Additionally, if city council is REALLY concerned about not wasting resources on this file, then stop wasting time trying to mock and trivialize the people and the issue and instead get down to business. The mayor and some members of city council are wasting even more time trying to make this go away than they they ever would by just acknowledging it.


Please keep the Windsor urban chicken discussion going! We love to 'read your constructive comments.