A public hearing was held at The Pas Municipal Building on Monday night on the proposed closures of walkways A, B, and C here in town.
While many residents support the proposed closure of these walkways others in attendance voiced their opposition to this proposal as well.
Residents in favour of the closure complained that people have left things like condoms, drug paraphernalia, and other waste along these paths and people that hang out in these walkways have vandalized properties.
Some that opposed the closure said that children use these walkways to walk to school so that they are safe from traffic and closing them due to property damage and vandalism makes little sense because things like that can happen anywhere and it’s not fair to the children and other people that like to use these walkways.
One of the residents in attendance suggested putting cameras on the walkways so that vandals and loiterers can be identified. Having Citizens on Patrol Members observing these walkways was another suggestion brought to the table.
Mayor Herb Jaques suggested that residents meet with him to work out a solution to this problem before the final decision is made.