Clerk Kerry Costello took direction from Council Monday night regarding feeding birds. Councillor Brennan, responding to a taxpayer complaining about people feeding “geese, seagulls and wildlife in neighbourhoods,”asked for more concrete guidance from the town.
Unlike Mary Poppins who encouraged her charges to take tuppence (two British pennies) and feed the birds with a bag of crumbs in St. Paul’s Square, residents of Smiths Falls are being discouraged from doing so.
Councillor Maloney even suggested “jail time” (tongue-in-cheek), while Brennan said the town needed “clarification,” and even a “little heat” to prevent the activity.
Costello thought it might warrant a “standalone by-law with a fine” and she would check with her colleague clerks in eastern Ontario.