Keep Cape Safe had many more signatures than required for a referendum on Cape Girardeau’s controversial deer hunting ordinance long before the 40 day deadline.
A lot of folks saw our signs at the polling places on August 7 and said, “We came just to sign this petition.” People obviously care, and the vast majority are against deer hunting in the City of Cape Girardeau.
Keep Cape Safe has been listening to citizens. Most city council members have NOT been listening to their constituents on this important issue.
Members of our group have tried for nearly a year to get city leaders to realize that the urban hunting ordinance would be bad for Cape Girardeau and is out of step with the community.
We believe elected officials should be responsive to what citizens want and fiscally responsible as well. For the city council to fail to repeal an ordinance that so many citizens believe is unsafe and wrong would not be responsive to what citizens want. Spending taxpayers’ money on a special election would not be fiscally responsible.
We will win at the polls if the city council takes it to that point. We hope they are wiser than that. On the bright side, some city council members realize the ordinance is unsafe and irresponsible and voted against it.
On the other hand, disappointment with the conduct and attitude of at least one representative has led folks to discuss a recall petition.
CITY COUNCIL, REPEAL THIS ORDINANCE!