Enderby won't crack down on panhandlers
Enderby officials aren’t convinced there is a panhandling problem.
Council refused Monday to establish an anti-panhandling bylaw although the RCMP had requested such a policy.
“They have had some issues with one individual panhandling and possibly bothering people,” said Mayor Howie Cyr.
“I haven’t seen him but from what I have heard, when people say no, he doesn’t continue to harass them.”
Cyr, who is a retired RCMP officer, doesn’t believe there is a need to have staff go through the process of creating a bylaw.
“It’s a one-off thing and to go to all of that trouble developing a bylaw, for what?” he said.
“It can be a complicated bylaw.”
Cyr also isn’t convinced that a policy would be effective.
“You can give someone a ticket and a fine and they can’t even pay it,” he said.
In other enforcement matters, the city is looking at establishing a traffic calming policy.
Council has recently received a number of requests from neighbourhoods wanting four-way stops or speed bumps to slow motorists down.
“A policy sets expectations for people and gives our staff clear guidelines,” said Cyr.