City council not open to listening
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