Council watch

Billy Manes pays attention to city government so you don't have to

This week’s living art installation of local government at a standstill would allow a little bit of time for meditative reflection and self-esteem pruning. The annual McNamara Employee of the Year Awards were presented – one to a dear friend of ours, Jody Buyas, even! – and numerous plaudits were handed out to the volunteers our city requires to keep things moving. Also, the city made an agreement with the county to put a big sculpture up at the county’s history center, because art is important and we’re not going anywhere. Did somebody say chickens?

The city approves an amendment to the previously authorized urban chicken pilot program.
Translation: The city is realizing that its cooped-up ambitions to allow people the glories of fresh eggs and cackles in their backyards needs some revamping. The original program, launched last year, only allowed a select 25 people to become miniature hatcheries. Because that changed the world for the better, the city will now approve an additional 50 people for the program (which includes a mandatory class, of course) to spread their wings.

The city approves a resolution in support of analyzing the feasibility of passenger train service from Orlando International Airport to International Drive.
Translation: So, last year there was a little news blip that Atlanta company American Maglev was pitching a $315 million floating train (free of charge! Privately financed!) to make it easier for conventioneers to avoid the city altogether on their paths from the airport to the convention center. Well, it appears that the Florida Department of Transportation is levitating toward the idea, asking affected municipalities and government agencies to sign on in support of a study for the magical train. And you thought we’d never get a monorail.

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