Return to previous bylaws as pertains to backyard fire pits.
We the people of Kitchener believe that the recent bylaw amendment, to disallow fire pits in our own backyard, with a clause stating if we pay a permit of $10.00 per fire with a maximum of 6 fires per year we may have a fire, IS WRONG.
The population of our City is 200,000 we have had 80 people complain. The kneejerk reaction that has followed is unfair to the majority of people who reside in this city.
We are not children, we are adults. Roasting marshmallows, enjoying family and spending time with neighbors on a warm summer evening is what Canada is about.
GIVE US OUR FIREPITS BACK......."Happy Canada Day"
This update was added to the petition statement on June 26th, 2012 at 8:10 am
PLEASE ADD YOUR ADDRESSES IN THE COMMENTS SECTION.
CITY OF KITCHENER WILL NOT ACCEPT THIS UNLESS THEY KNOW YOU ARE A RESIDENT.
This update was added to the petition statement on June 26th, 2012 at 8:12 am
I apologize to all of those who have signed, if you can re-sign with your address I will manage the petition so it does not show a double entry.
First time doing this, so I want to get it right.
This update was added to the petition statement on June 26th, 2012 at 8:25 am
OK, Postal codes instead of Addressess. I understand the privacy thing totally.
This update was added to the petition statement on June 26th, 2012 at 9:03 am
Appreciate everyone who is signing, however, please do not sign twice, I have to edit out all the double signatures, if I don't they will not accept.
This update was added to the petition statement on June 26th, 2012 at 12:30 pm
August 27th is the next council meeting where this amendment is to be discussed and possibly passed. Please let everyone know about the petition. For once let us stand up for ourselves and be heard.
Thanks to all who have signed so far.
This update was added to the petition statement on June 27th, 2012 at 1:49 pm
Thank you all who have signed this petition. FYI i have registered as a delegate for the next council meeting that is being held on August 27th, to present this petition. Please let everyone you know that this is active, it would be nice to have at least double the amount as we have now. I am not a skilled speaker and rather nervous at having to do this, but I am stubborn and believe that what council is doing is wrong. So, with that being said if you are available on the 27th of August I sure could use a little back up. Thanks ED
This update was added to the petition statement on June 29th, 2012 at 3:09 am
HAPPY CANADA DAY!
Thank you all who have signed, please continue to pass the link to everyone you know, we have done well with the signatures so far, but it would be amazing to have twice this many when we go to council.
I hope you all have a fantastic Canada Day weekend with your families, and I truly hope you will have a safe, controlled fire in your backyard and roast your marshmallows. Maybe you should invite a neighbour you haven't met yet?
This update was added to the petition statement on July 3rd, 2012 at 2:07 pm
July 3rd. A facebook page has been created , please go to www.facebook.co/kitchenerfirepits
Please share the link.
This update was added to the petition statement on July 3rd, 2012 at 2:08 pm
Sorry. Its www.facebook.com/kitchenerfirepits
This update was added to the petition statement on August 2nd, 2012 at 6:36 am
August 2, 2012.
Thank you all so much for signing the petition. I have been away for a couple of weeks, and was not able to access the petition, so to see we have over 2300 signatures was thrilling.
As we all know the summer has been extremely dry, so I am hoping everyone is abiding by the rules and not having their firepits in the evening. I miss having an evening fire, but rules are rules and the ground is way too dry right now. Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and bring us that much needed rain soon.
Looking forward to seeing some of you at the council meeting on August 27th.
Thanks again everyone.
This update was added to the petition statement on August 27th, 2012 at 8:32 am
August 27th, 2012
The petition has been formally presented and accepted by City Council.
The meeting is this evening at 7pm, Council Chambers, City Hall (2nd Floor).
I look forward to seeing you there.
This update was added to the petition statement on August 31st, 2012 at 1:58 pm
On August 27th I presented the petition to council with a speech on Common Sense, Consideration and Building stonger Communities. The word of reason and common sense proved right and council have agreed that we, the people of Kitchener can continue to enjoy our backyard firepits. There will be no fees, no set number of fires per year and the setback has been returned to the original 5 metres. The only thing that has changed is the hours that you are allowed to burn, that has been changed to 6pm to 11pm, which I totally agree with.
The city however will be clamping down hard on those people who have nuisance fires and do not abide by the bylaw, in other words, if you don't use common sense and consideration, you can expect a hefty fine.
So, we achieved what we set out to achieve and our firepits stay. Well done everyone!
Now go enjoy some quality time with your family, friends and neigbours.
This petition is now officially closed!
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