Speeders, chickens get little love from council members
by Noreen Cochran
November 28, 2012 12:56 AM | 3942 views | 4 4 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Speeders and chickens got little support during the Marietta City Council’s committee meetings Monday.

The public safety committee discussed conducting a “Slow Down Marietta Week” after chairman Councilman Anthony Coleman called one street “the Kennestone 500.”

“We’ve been doing some ticketing,” Coleman said about 60 tickets issued in a recent three-day period. “I don’t think that’s (the police department’s) first option, to go back to writing tickets, but it does get people’s attention. I want a proactive approach.”

Coleman said speeders create a secondary public safety problem.

“People are not following the limit and they’re tailgating drivers going the speed limit. It causes a lot of tension,” he said.

Police Officer S.M. Kish said a program targeted at speeders would be relatively simple to stage.

“We’ll step up public awareness and send the message we’re not going to tolerate speeders,” he said.

Councilman Johnny Sinclair supported the idea but offered a warning.

“We used to have Slow Down Marietta days. People would hand out doughnuts. Others would tell us what to do with the doughnuts. They were mad as hornets,” he said. “People don’t think about what they’re doing.”

Backyard chickens failed to garner support from the judicial and legislative committee, chaired by Councilman Phil Goldstein.

Backyard chicken advocate Kristen Picken, a Marietta resident, spoke to the Council as she did at its Oct. 10 regular meeting.

“I work with a group that wants to get the law changed in the city of Marietta and the county,” she said about the Backyard Chickens Alliance of Cobb County.

The group collected nearly 2,500 signatures on a petition to change the zoning ordinance.

Councilman Jim King said Marietta permits chickens on 5 acres or more, while the county requirement is 2 acres. Other cities in the county either do not allow chickens or require 2 to 3 acres of land.

But the issue died when a straw poll showed most Council members opposed changing the law, citing lot sizes and the distance between coops and property lines.

“With four against, it would be hard to bring,” Goldstein said.
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Joseph Pond
November 28, 2012
Congratulations, Marietta! Four people have decided that you shall not have the opportunity to choose a chicken as a pet on your own property. You should probably thank Council members Jim King, Andy Morris, Anthony Coleman, and Philip Goldstein for saving you from a pet that can make you breakfast. You are allowed to have large dogs that maul your children, spread rabies, and kill your grass, but for the sake of humanity, you cannot have a hen. Councilman King said that he received eight emails against such travesty; that is enough for him to nullify the thousands of signatures gathered on the Marietta Square. He also lied, and said that he only received one email supporting it. There is something about poultry in Cobb County that makes our elected officials forget about that Ethics Pledge they took when they were sworn into Office... By a simple straw poll vote, 4-3, the Council decided that chickens in Marietta are not an option for people with less than five acres; there is no reason to send it to committee, or have any public forums to find out what the citizens think of this idea, regardless of the signed petition. Your property rights are safe, in the hands of four council members and well out of your reach-

Just my opinion, as head of the Backyard Chickens Alliance.

November 28, 2012
Tip Top Pollutry pwns the City Council
November 28, 2012
People can think up all kinds of reasons not to like their neighbors. The presence or absence of a couple chickens would make no difference in that equation.

Why not turn the NIYBY people into NIMBY people like they should be? Why should anybody have any say over what goes in my back yard seeing as how I did not sign up to live in some ghated HOA?

Yeah, ghated. It's a new English word invented right here just for you. It's short for Gated Ghetto.

So, let the HOA sort it out in the ghateds, but otherwise let people decide for themselves what goes in their back yards.

If somebody's chicken is too annoying, I feel sure some coyote will take care of it at 3 AM.
November 28, 2012
Well Said VFP42 What I Do In MY Yard Is My Business.
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