A passionate letter from a co-creator of the Facebook page Jamestown Strong received a strong and remorseful response from Mayor Christian Provenzano.
“I am writing this letter out of desperation, anger and frustration! I live on Albert Street West what some will call Jamestown,” said Shauna Wilson in the e-mail. “We are overwhelmed with drugs, crime and derelict properties! As I sit on my front steps with my granddaughter there is a steady stream of addicts walking from one drug house to the other!”
She continues to note that some carry weapons. She recounts three separate run-in’s that stand out to her.
“My husband has had a knife pulled on him when he confronted someone breaking into our vehicle and was pepper sprayed when someone broke into my mothers garage! My granddaughter was confronted by an addict totally strung out in our fenced in backyard!”
Mayor Provenzano responded to her concerns with an apologetic letter and a few steps he has taken because of it.
“I wanted to take the time to acknowledge your email and your frustration. I understand it and I am sorry that we have not been able to effectively address the challenges that are affecting your neighborhood. I am sorry for how those challenges are affecting your family,” said Provenzano. “I make no excuse and offer no rationalization. We need to do better than we have. I have copied senior staff from the City and from SSM Police Services so that they are also aware of your concerns and your frustration.”
Wilson created Jamestown Strong on Facebook as she feels she needed to become part of the solution.
The group is brainstorming ideas how to help the area including signs with “Jamestown Strong” written on them. On April 17, 2021 they will be working to clean up the area.
If you want to participate you are being asked to meet at the park near the soup kitchen. Gloves and Bags will be provided.
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