Lawn, snow ordinances near adoption
Published: Thursday, March 28th, 2013
The Custer City Council passed the first reading of its new revised lawn maintenance and snow and ice removal ordinances at its Mar. 18 meeting. However, unlike the last time the two items were taken up as a package deal, there was audience comment on the lawn maintenance, while nobody addressed the ice and snow removal ordinance.
Diane Olson spoke out against the lawn ordinance out of a “matter of principle,” saying after reading a story in the Chronicle about Agenda 21, she felt the lawn ordinance fell into the category of pertaining to Agenda 21. The philosophy behind Agenda 21 is that the world’s environmental problems are the number one problem that we are facing, and that those problems are caused by human activity. Critics of Agenda 21 say it determines that human activity needs to be tightly monitored, regulated and controlled for the greater good. Individual liberties and freedoms must be sacrificed for the good of the planet as a whole.
Olson said the lawn maintenance ordinance limits people’s personal rights on their property.
“This is just a smaller version of the same (Agenda 21) principle,”â��she said.
Alderwoman Jeanne Fischer asked Olson if she felt people should be able to allow their lawns to grow unfettered, and Olson said yes, saying she takes care of her lawn and felt if others around her didn’t take care of theirs, it would just make hers look better.
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