As he wrote, there was an overflow crowd at the city council meeting. Many of the attendees were local business owners drawn out because of concerns about the container ordinance, up for first reading and public discussion.
The ordinance was tabled for more discussion and study. A special meeting was scheduled to continue discussion of the issue Monday, Aug. 20 at 7:00 p.m. at City Council Chambers. I hope the attendance will be as great then as it was last night.
I guess it's unreasonable to think that citizens of Springfield could turn out in such numbers at every council meeting? Yeah, probably so. That's unfortunate because it could only be good for our community if city administration knew that the citizen's they are there to serve care about and are watching what happens with every issue raised at council.
Here's a couple of excerpts from the Libertarian Guy's blog:
"...The much-maligned, unnecessarily complex city container ordinance got the proverbial shot-down-in-flames slash tabling for further review, no doubt due in part to the petition circulated last week among local businesses who would be most adversely affected by this ponderous ordinance...."
"...the lions' share of credit goes to the vigilant citizens, business owners, and a certain radio host for putting the issue upfront and in the light of scrutiny."
I'd add that no matter how some people feel about Vincent David Jericho, of local radio station KSGF, at least he's getting attention that wasn't otherwise being brought to bear on the administration of the city of Springfield.