COUNCILLOR WANTS NEWSPAPER COMPANIES FINED FOR TOSSING PAPERS ONTO DRIVEWAYS AND LAWNS 3/16/2017 7:40:17 AM
It's an issue that's causing quite the stir at Town Hall.
The issue, being newspapers thrown onto driveways and front lawns.
Councillor Roger Geysens has been fielding calls of late with complaints about these papers being flung, comparing it to picking up litter for those who do not want the paper.
Meantime, other councillors pointed out that people can call and cancel their subscription, but Geysens says one of his constituents has done this four times and the papers keep coming.
He thinks something needs to be done.
Other councillors wanted to charge the people who deliver the papers with littering, but staff noted that a by-law official would need to physically catch them in the act and even if that was the case, if the fine were challenged, it would likely be dropped in court.
Others suggested it's a crime risk, having papers pile up while people are away signaling that no one is home, while others feel it needs to be delivered in the mail not just thrown carelessly.
No motion was made, but Geysens is hoping to work with councilors to come up with an idea to fix the situation.