What's going on in St. Charles County these days?
Last night the O'Fallon city council voted down an ordinance which would have allowed backyard chickens. This vote has mobilized the many chicken fans in that city to begin a petition drive in order to get the question on the April ballot. What's odd about this denial (7-2) and the comments from the mayor afterward is that backyard chickens is such an old story and acceptance of the fowl has been pretty widespread across the region. I posted about Clayton's chicken debate several times with the result that the chickens may remain in that town's backyards. Most arguments similar to the O'Fallon mayor who later commented on feedback he received from some anti chicken residents before the meeting have long been shown as incorrect.
"I think it was the noise. It was the waste. They just don’t want chickens in their backyards,” Mayor Bill Hennessy said. “I heard, ‘ if they want fresh eggs, they can go to a farm and buy fresh eggs’." Actually, reading the comments to this news story on Facebook, it looked to me as though the vast majority of people there were in favor of chickens.
Moving on in St. Charles County there stands this new billboard:
It's freedom of speech, no question or argument. But it just seems weird out there in St. Charles County.