City coun­cil not open to lis­ten­ing

Windsor Star - - OPINION -

I have been dis­ap­pointed with the di­rec­tion our mu­nic­i­pal politics has taken. Rather than whin­ing about it, I thought I’d be­come more in­formed and more in­volved.

I at­tended city coun­cil on May 8. I picked the date specif­i­cally be­cause of the hot top­ics: the pro­posal to put a statue in the round­about at the en­trance to Olde Sand­wich and an­other to in­ves­ti­gate the clo­sure of part of Match­ette Road.

City coun­cil sent a loud and clear mes­sage that night: coun­cil is not open to hear­ing the ideas of the peo­ple.

Coun. Bill Marra re­minded coun­cil a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion to place the Brock-Te­cum­seh statue in Pater­son Park had been reached and recorded two weeks prior to the cur­rent coun­cil be­ing sworn in. He was of the opin­ion the cit­i­zens had the right to be heard be­fore the change was for­mally made. A ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors and the mayor did not agree.

On the Match­ette is­sue, the vote was not over whether or not to close part of the road, but whether or not clos­ing Match­ette should be an op­tion cov­ered in an en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment ex­am­in­ing so­lu­tions to road­kill. There was a large group of Wind­sorites at the meet­ing want­ing this so­lu­tion in­ves­ti­gated and dis­cussed.

With the mayor shar­ing his opin­ion that the city could be sued by Coco Group, which wants to pro­ceed with a nearby de­vel­op­ment ap­proved by the pre­vi­ous coun­cil, the clo­sure of the road was not to be con­sid­ered. The only so­lu­tion to the Match­ette Road prob­lem that will be ex­am­ined is eco-pas­sages. Very dis­cour­ag­ing.

Dee Sweet, Wind­sor

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