The Growing Strength of City Councils

July 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm 2 comments


We’re seeing an increase, lately, in City Councils that are assuming masive amounts of power so that they can have influence over every area of our lives. There is very little today that is left up to our own desicion making process.

Look at this example from Gould, AR, where the City Council banned formation of groups that discuss City business.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qbzG2kLvYWY#at=12

Here is another example of a Council in Quartsite, AZ that held a secret meeting (not open to the public or published in a public souce of record- as dictated by law) where the Council fired the mayor (who is an elected official, not an employee), and placed the police chief in charge under a state of energency.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lorPOtE1Cwk

Lastly, this is the story of a City Council that won’t let a woman grow a garden in her front yard:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhPAHhwApA4

This last issue is very much like Crystal’s recent chicken issue. So, we’re not immune here. Maplewood, MN just passed a resolution allowing chickens, but it includes obtaining a license and tagging the chickens with metal bands. That’s another trick. They act like they allow you your rights with one hand, while they are implementing  control mechanisms over it with the other.

This is why our City Governments need restructuring. We need to institute a system of strong mayor/council, like the first two videos, so that there is a separation of powers where residents may find protection.

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  • 1. Backyard Hens for Brooklyn Center  |  July 24, 2011 at 2:41 am

    We are experiencing this in Brooklyn Center, MN as well. I urge Brooklyn Center residents to visit our website or send us an email to see how they can support our efforts to legalize hens in Brooklyn Center.

    Hens are neither a nuisance nor a threat to public health and have no business being prohibited. Did you know that hens are allowed in many neighboring cities, including Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Robbinsdale, New Hope, Roseville, Rosemount, and Burnsville.

    These cities have shown that hens do not cause problems in the community. Quite the opposite, actually! Please visit our website or send us an email for more information. Do you have any questions or concerns? Let us know! We’ve gathered plenty of resources and research in our journey to approach City Council, and we’d be more than happy to share it with you!

    The next Brooklyn Center City Council meeting is Monday, July 25, 2011. I will be reminding the City Council of the importance of this issue during the Public Forum at 6:45 pm. I hope to gather enough community support to make a more formalized presentation at the Public Forum at the next session (August 8, 2011) at 6:45. I’d love it if folks could come on down to the Brooklyn Center City Hall and show their support – especially at the meeting on August 8th.

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    • 2. Sara Capers  |  March 19, 2013 at 11:53 am

      has there been any new developments on this? I think it is silly that I cannot responsibly have a few “pet” chickens that I can retrieve organic FREE eggs from – because it is a “nuisance” however my neighbors dog that barks loudly every morning @ 4am is not? Silly indeed!

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