In fairness, someone made a crass decision that was quickly overturned. Kudos to them for coming out and saying they were wrong.
As for "city councilmen" - well, Lochgilpead http://goo.gl/mf1Gx
is no city and the western highlands of Scotland, whilst having its fair share of self-important bureaucrats, is also pretty laid back and open to reason.
Disclaimer: it's where my family are from, so I may be prejudiced in favor of the area.