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Heavy penalties needed for litterers, businesses to keep Marystown clean, councillor says

Marystown councillors Nora Tremblett and Mike Brennan, co-chairs of the protection to persons and property committee, hold up two anti-littering signs that will be placed on the town’s vehicles.
Marystown councillors Nora Tremblett and Mike Brennan, co-chairs of the protection to persons and property committee, hold up two anti-littering signs that will be placed on the town’s vehicles. - Paul Herridge

It's time for fines

MARYSTOWN, N.L. —

As Coun. Mike Brennan sees it, people caught littering in Marystown need to be hit where it hurts – in the wallet. 

Heavy fines are the only way to deter the worst offenders, suggested Brennan, co-chair of the protection to persons and property committee, during council’s meeting Monday, June 3.

The councillor, who was giving an update on efforts to clean up the town, said the committee will be making recommendations to council to implement fines for litterers, as well as businesses that don’t maintain their properties.

He would like to see penalties of $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for companies.

Brennan acknowledged progress is being made with some aspects of the clean-up effort and to keep Marystown that way, but not everyone is on board.

“It’s time to fine,” he said. 

Cameras are being purchased that will be installed in areas around the town, Brennan said.

“We are going to have cameras up and we are going to be looking for the people who are littering, and we’re going to charge them. We are going to go to court,” he said.

“If you don’t want to stop throwing your stuff out of your cars, well, guess what? You’re going to pay and you’re going to pay dearly for doing it. If that’s what it takes, we’re willing to go all the way with this.”

On the positive side, Brennan said 15 local companies have sponsored anti-litter signage, to the tune of $500 each, to be erected in the community.

Brennan and committee co-chair, Coun. Nora Tremblett, also came up with an idea to place anti-littering signs on the town’s vehicles. Council approved and purchased the signs, he said. 

“It’s going to take time to change the attitudes, the minds of people, but I think we’re on the right track,” he said.

paul.herridge@southerngazette.ca

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