A planned protest for earlier this week was called off as members of a local action group cautiously wait to see if promises made will be kept.
Concerned members of Jamestown had met with Mayor Christian Provenzano, CAO Malcolm White, Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Chief Hugh Stevenson and other representatives of the city earlier this past week.
Although the city has not informed the public of any promises made during the meeting, citizens involved reached out with details after the meeting had occurred.
According to one member of the group, who spoke with us on condition of anonymity, the meeting went well.
“We stated our concerns… the houses that should be condemned, the drugs and crime! Our main point was looking at some kind of committee that can help some of these struggling neighborhoods so that when we have an issue, you’re not always getting the runaround,” stated the individual who was at the meeting.
She uses the Safe Spaces tent as a prime example of what happens when you call the police. Sault Police Services told them it was an APH issue, APH said it was a police issue. In the end, Sault Police Services told the operator of the tent they couldn’t be on city property as it would be considered trespassing.
“It’s very frustrating! Also, we asked about having an auxiliary police office here. They listened, we’re going to meet up again in the near future, and we will see what happens!”
They are also concerned with the move of the bus terminal to their area. They feel as though the crime and issues which come with the downtown location will move to their end of the city. Ultimately, that would make it even more difficult for them to change the image issues they are having, if that is the case.
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