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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Crime Action Group Gets Response

Owen Sound | by Vanessa Culbert  

City to hold a roundtable with organizations to help citizen group clean up crime.

Monika Brauer 

A group against drugs and crimes in Owen Sound had their chance to address council.

Chair of Neighbours Against Drugs and Crime Action Group, Monika Brauer, made a presentation to City council on Monday.

She says there is a level of frustration in the community with drugs and crimes, absentee landlords and run down buildings.

Brauer says they have tried hard to get things resolved through bylaw enforcement but they are run on a complaint basis only.

She says they are hoping to convince the city to make some positive changes on behalf of the group.

Brauer says they are hoping the city will "fix the problem at the source", and clean up the city.

She points to getting rid of graffiti and run down buildings.

Brauer says while her group started because of problems on 3rd Ave East -- north of 10th street-- but they have decided to focus on all of Owen Sound.

She tells Bayshore Broadcasting News she received an email over the weekend from someone that lives in a "middle class neighborhood" in the city and said they also have a drug problem.

Brauer says the whole city is impacted by the drug and crime problem that is why they have expanded their focus.

City council passed a motion to have a round table discussion with local agencies.

Brauer says she is pleased with the motion.

Mayor Ian Boddy says there are several agencies locally and at higher government levels that will be able to help.

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