Galt City Council meetings are quick. They rarely discuss the issues, they always seem to agree and they rarely ask questions at the meetings — until this past meeting.
The council spent 25 minutes discussing whether or not to allow egg-laying chickens in Galt. They were worried about getting public opinion, and if they should hold a town hall meeting. Powers was worried about the homes and yards the chickens would live in. Payne was worried about the impact on the citizens. And Singleton commented on the "will of the people."
All of this concern regarding the impact of chickens in our backyards? How about showing that same concern regarding the impact to the citizens when discussing bringing a materials recovery and recycle center into the light industrial? Why does this sound like a repeat of a battle we fought several years ago — same people, same need for a conditional use permit, same argument but with a different name? They will still be bringing in garbage and then transferring it out —thus transfer station.
Galt won't gain from this but we will suffer. Our homes that have already lost value will lose more. Our quiet neighborhoods will be disturbed by the sound of trucks running 24/7. The cool Delta breeze will smell of garbage.
To the members of the Galt City Council: Please be as concerned for us and what you put by our homes as you are for the egg-laying chickens and the homes that might be around them.