Complaint Driven Windsor
By Ian Paulson
(WINDSOR, ON) – Nothing will get done unless you whine about it. That’s according to Windsor’s mayor, Edgar Francis. What he actually said is that Windsor is “complaint driven”. If that’s the case, then why haven’t any of the complaints about the Francis regime been corrected?
What Francis seems to be saying is that the City of Windsor will not pro-actively do anything. That’s what I take from his comments at a recent Council meeting. Nope, Francis prefers the reactionary response to situations in Windsor rather than to be on top of things.
What Eddie’s words also say to me is that you can do almost anything you want in Windsor; at least until one of your neighbours complains about it. Want to keep urban chickens? Go ahead, By-Law Enforcement won’t do anything unless Nosey Ethel rats you out. Want to build a Quonset hut in your back yard? Feel free, unless Drew Dilligence peeks over your fence. How about letting your cats run at large? You can, unless Percy Hatfield is able to shove through his plans to license felines domiciled in Windsor. Oh wait. Even if he was successful you could still let them run free until a complaint was called into 311.
Know what? You can also let the grass grow on your property to any length you want as long as no one grumbles to Edgar; because he won’t act until there is a protest. Funny, though, how griping about the sorry state of Windsor’s economy hasn’t provoked much of a response from Francis. I guess he must have been out of town when the calls came in.
It seems like letting the grass grow under one’s feet is a favourite pastime in Windsor, if these photos are any indication.
Complaining may not make a difference (106 phone calls anyone?), but go ahead and call to get the problems sorted out. Even complain about Eddie if you like, but I don’t think there is a Service Request for removing him from office.
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