Reflecting on how things went down Tuesday, Nafziger said while he’s unsure if there is anything his group could have done differently to possibly tip the scales in their direction, he did note that he feels the decision to deny the ordinance outright may have been a bit premature.
“I wish at the council meeting, when it became pretty clear that it wouldn’t pass, that it could have been tabled or postponed instead of voted down completely,” Nafziger said. “I think there are still some possibilities out there yet which could make this work.”
Robinson, one of the original council sponsors of the ordinance, said she was also surprised by Tuesday’s final vote given what appeared to be a willingness by a majority of the council to work with the ordinance earlier on in the meeting.
“I was a little surprised with how it went,” Robinson said. “After listening to the talk and everything, and how some of the others on the council were asking to have changes and amendments made to it, well at that point it seemed like they were going to be OK with it. But it didn’t turn out that way in the end.”
Even though she was disappointed by the outcome, Robinson said she understands why people are concerned about the ordinance.
“I certainly understand peoples’ concerns about this, because I know for example that we’re not doing a great job with enforcing the ordinances we already have in the city,” Robinson said. “But at the same time, people these days are becoming increasingly concerned about where their food is coming from, its quality, etc., and these people with Hens for Goshen and so forth are very sincere about wanting to improve that for their families by raising and growing their own food. So I just wanted them to have the chance to do something that they wanted to do.”