Sault Ste. Marie doesn’t have a policy in regards to how petitions are dealt with by city hall.
That is the discovery made when trying to figure out how the petition for part of our city to move to Prince Township even ended up on the council agenda of Feb. 8.
So the petition in question, which when we checked had about 500 signatures, was not officially presented to council, yet was addressed as the first priority in the consent agenda.
The city took time to have CAO Malcolm White come up with a report on the petition and then took the time for Mayor Provenzano to address council in hopes of putting the issue to rest.
Without any real policy on when and how petitions are dealt with in the city, this action has set a precedent as what will be addressed by both the Mayor, CAO and council.
So why does this matter?
Given the precedent set by the city, the Pointe Des Chenes petition which currently has over 1000 signatures should be addressed during the next council meeting.
The petition, in support of keeping the park open, was started when members of the public felt their voices were being ignored yet again. It harkens back to what happened with the Hudson Street decision, where public didn’t feel like they had a say.
The next council meeting will be held February 22, 2021 at 4:30 p.m., it can normally be seen on the city’s YouTube page.