Truro officials debate how to deal with loitering downtown

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TRURO – A community meeting and merchants taking action are two suggestions members of town council offered when dealing with people who loiter.

Coun. Raymond Tynes brought up the subject this week by asking council if it is the town bylaw officer’s job “to judge who can or cannot be on certain streets?”

The question was related to an email to the town from a citizen who stated concern about “undesirable” people, said Tynes. The name of the letter’s author was not revealed at council.

“What is an undesirable? Who enforces?” that, Tynes asked, adding it’s a delicate situation that he wouldn’t want to see become an issue of discrimination.

“I’m always careful not to carry people through the mud,” he said.

Deputy mayor Danny Joseph said he “wouldn’t dare offer opinions at this time” and he felt the issue is “best left to a round-table” discussion within the community.

“Merchants have concerns,” Joseph reiterated at the meeting.

He told the Truro Daily News “no one is undesirable (but) if you were a merchant it might be a disadvantage to have loitering in front of business.”

Joseph told this paper he’d like to “see the merchants deal with this” but a community discussion is also an option. At press time, nothing formal had been planned.

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