City residents ranging from gradeschooler to retiree made their voices heard regarding what to do with the Wilson Park Farmhouse at a committee meeting Sept. 17.
Now, they're coming back to deliver remarks to council when they get together Sept. 30. Susan Watson, a heritage advocate who told me she's been down this road twice before, is circulating the city clerk's contact information to supporters of the "keep the farmhouse" side. She's also urging supporters to contact The Mercury's editor and the editor of the Tribune.
A majority of decided councillors have indicated they prefer demolishing the farmhouse, but this is a contentious issue and minds may change.
But those riled over what to do with the old white farm dwelling at Simmonds Drive and Webster Street will be joined by another constituency on Sept. 30: fed-up condo dwellers.
These are condo-dwellers who say their property taxes are raided by the city to fund services delivered to owners of detached homes in the suburbs.
The main point of contention in the past has been the city's substandard attempts at collecting solid waste from tall condominium buildings with little maneuvering space, leading some condos to hire private waste collectors.
But Cavan Acheson, a condo owner who phoned me this morning, said condo dwellers have a whole basket of gripes with city service delivery, and many don't have anything to do with trash.
He and others will speak at the meeting as well, looking to convince council to support a motion by Coun. Bob Bell, who wants the city to establish a "Condominium Advisory Committee" to help work out concerns about waste, servicing of fire hydrants and other issues.
Here's to getting ready for my first full council meeting.