SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – At the council meeting last night a discussion was had about downtown security and some actions will be taken.
A report to council has been ordered to supplement a second report asked for by a previous council. The motion asks city staff to look into all aspects of downtown security. The motion read in part – to create a safe downtown, the city must invest in technology or resources to create the safe place our downtown strategy strives for.
Councillor Shoemaker noted why he thought this was important. “All of council on a fairly regular basis, we see the headlines, we have outreach from downtown businesses,” said Shoemaker. “Obviously if we want our downtown to be a place that people feel safe attending at then we need to make it a place where they are safe attending at.”
Councillor Dufour told those in attendance of some of the realities he has faced going downtown everyday. He thinks the community safety program is important.
“For myself I’ve lived this reality every day having have been a victim of crime downtown as well to being had to pick up needles before employees get to work. All those things are things that I’ve personally experienced,” said Dufour.
He continued “I think it’s important that we that we proceed both with this community safety plan, but also with many other initiatives that are underway through social services through increased investments in our in our homelessness system.”
The mayor acknowledged he hears a lot about this issue and believes this is an important discussion to be had.
“I think we can all agree that this is really important,” said Provenzano. “I certainly hear a lot about it I know councillors Dufour and Vezeau-Allen hear a lot about it and I expect Councillor Shoemaker and the remainder of you also do.”
This report doesn’t have a timeline to come back to council. The previous report to council on the provincially mandated Community Safety Plan should be back no later than January 2021.