The newly formed Neighbours Against Drugs and Crime Action Group is garnering a positive response in the community.
Monika Brauer, founder of the citizen group, tells Bayshore Broadcasting News in just two weeks more than 300 people have already joined a Facebook group dedicated to the cause.
A petition circulating to urge the City of Owen Sound to do its part to assist with ongoing problems — such as rundown properties, absentee landlords, drug activity and crime — has hundreds of signatures.
The Crime Action Group will present to City Council at tonight's meeting, after Mayor Ian Boddy reached out and indicated the city wants to work with them. He encouraged a deputation.
"I think he's certainly recognizing there's an urgency to what's going on," Brauer says.
Brauer says the group plans to present a number of issues like as boarded up buildings, graffiti and lack of by-law enforcement.
The Owen Sound Police also reached out and met with the Crime Action Group last week.
Chief Bill Sornberger says the police department is committed to working together with the citizen group.
"They're good people who just want to make sure that their neighbourhood is as safe as it can be and we're going to be working with them," Sornberger says. "We made suggestions, they made suggestions. We're going to work together and partner up and see how we can make it even better."
Neighbours Against Dugs and Crime Action Group is also looking to hold a Town Hall meeting in conjunction with Owen Sound Police to discuss issues.
Sornberger says there was also a call for officers to get involved with youth in the downtown area, and help increase visibility of the group.
"Those are all things we can work together on," he says.
Brauer applauds police for making an active effort to help the community and maintain a grasp of what issues or problems face certain neighbourhoods.
"I can't speak higher of the Owen Sound Police," she says. "They have been very, very positive about our concerns."