This is a result of progressive social engineering:

The mayor says there’s science to show that listening to birdsong makes people happier.

On other topics, the mayor says Lancaster must continue its drive to become a research capital for solar and alternative energy.

Ah, science. This politician, among many others, uses science to engineer socially desirable results. It matters not what party to which Mayor R. Rex Parris belongs. It’s the governing philosophy that drives him and the majority of the political class into thinking they can engineer our lives to make them better. So if we are all so stupid that we cannot run our own lives, who has the capacity to run someone else’s?