Thursday, September 22, 2011

Will the politicians dance a little sidestep at the chicken ranch?

It's all about the 400 chickens and the residue - not in our wildest dreams did we expect this.

Mason Adams had an excellent article in The Roanoke Times yesterday on the proposed “farm” in northwest Roanoke. The 12-acre parcel that was owned by Roanoke Regional airport but now owned by the city that is in the Countryside ex-golf course neighborhood.

The airport expansion in the 1980s took or rather moved houses off the parcel. It was in the direct takeoff and landing path of runway 6 and noisy. This is why the parcel can’t be residential. The guide-lights flash directly towards the property too.

Tonight the neighborhood surrounding the parcel will have their say and ask questions of Chris Chittum, Roanoke City Planning Administrator. Sean Jordan, farm manager of the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op will be there along with other officials I suspect.

As it looks on facebook there will be a contingent of supporters from other areas of the city. I hope they hold their enthusiasm to a minimum or the neighbors who received cards for this public meeting may just ask them “do you live here?”

My favorite part of Mason’s article was Mayor Bowers comment: “Generally if people will listen to each other and hear each other, things can be worked out, and that’s what I hope will happen in this case.”

That conjured up my favorite “Chicken Ranch” song in this clip from “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”

The reporters ask the Texas governor about the “discraceful situaltion at the chicken ranch. “After a load of political flag-waving mumbo-jumbo the reporters conclude he said “same as usual not a damn thing.”

“Do you plan to take any action against the Chicken Ranch,” asks a reporter. Oooh, he loves to dance a little sidestep, and now they see him, now they don’t, he’s come and gone and  … lead the people on.”

Reporters “I hear him talking but he don’t come in … was that a yes or a no … a possible maybe.”

You gotta love these politicians with their finger in the air checking the proverbial wind direction.

Countryside Neighbors ponder chicken poop at meeting with Roanoke Co-op

Posted By Valerie Garner

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Comments (3)


September 22nd, 2011 at 10:07 AM    

So what do you have against it? Just that the co-op is for it?

Jack Mcguire

September 22nd, 2011 at 2:38 PM    

The Countryside folks originally bought property next to a golf course. Now they are going to get a Chicken farm instead…would you want this type of exchange by your house?

Tim Glover

October 8th, 2011 at 10:41 PM    

Hey look, the co-op has a great idea here. Organic products? Awesome! The problem is we don’t want it in our NEIGHBORHOOD? I mean…seriously??? Tell you what, find a place away from a resedential area and I will support it. Or, you know, put it on in south Roanoke.

Keep fighting! I just came home today to Oakleaf Dr. and someone had thought to stuff our boxes with news of this plan. I really appreciate the heads up. I can’t do anything to compare to this post, but we don’t need better voices, just more voices.

Share my Facebook page. On it I have created a page: No Chicken Farm in NW Roanoke. Let’s rally together!

Tim Glover

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