Crew tweaks door-to-door motion

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Believing her previous motion wouldn't hold up in court, a Chatham councillor still wants to protect residents from aggressive door-to-door salespeople.

Coun. Marjorie Crew had originally asked for a outright ban on the practice, but withdrew the request on Monday upon learning the legal ramifications.

She then entered a notice of motion asking that salespeople display their licences at the door, as well as increase the maximum fine for non-compliance to $5,000, up from $500.

"I think we can get the same outcome," she said outside council chambers.

Crew had taken on the issue believing that vulnerable people, such as the elderly are at risk.

Her new motion will come forward at a future date.

Here are other matters dealt with during Monday's meeting:

- Chatham Coun. Michael Bondy entered a successful motion asking that the municipality approach the province on a heritage designation for the cottages in Rondeau Provincial Park.

- Council passed a motion from South Kent Coun. Frank Vercouteren to ask for a staff report on what happened to the recently discarded corn mural.

- Vercouteren also entered a notice of motion that the municipality consider a request for proposals concerning policing.

- Council approved realigning interurban bus service to include Dealtown, Cedar Springs and North/South Buxton. The move is cost neutral to the municipality.

- George Prins was recognized for receiving the Ontario Senior of the Year Award for Chatham-Kent. Prins is a long-time member of many community organizations.

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