Transit Shelter Changes Include Security – For Now

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Immediate changes to the Transit Terminal/Shelter in Cobourg have taken place starting on Thursday, December 15, 2022.

The changes will be in effect until at least December 19 and the hours of terminal/shelter on Albert Street will be from 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. and will have on-site supervision (by-law) during that time period.

Municipal Clerk/Director of Legislature Brent Larmer stated to Today’s Northumberland in a e-mail that Council will be receiving information from staff and deliberating on a more permanent plan to move forward beyond the 19th at their regular Council meeting.

“There has been an increase in incidents involving public health and safety, damage to property, trespassing, contravention of Town By-laws and use of the facility which has prompted these measures.”

The shelter/terminal will be locked during those hours, but a by-law officer will be on stand-by in a vehicle for those that need to use the facility.

“During this interim period the facility will be locked, and Bylaw will be providing access to those that need to access the washroom or wait for the bus.”

“If they are on our list of Trespassed Individuals due to previous incidents, they will not be permitted entry, however, options will be provided on other areas where washroom facilities may be used in Town.”

If people would like to use the facility by-law will have a “visible inspection,” but there will be no search or pat-down.

“If there are any weapons or other prohibited items, then they won’t be permitted entry. Similar to if you were entering into a stadium or event, we won’t be going through anything, and we will be just denying entry if there is an concern from the officer. In addition, persons are able to also leave their bags at the entrance and we will watch all property for them while they use the facilities.”

A by-law officer was on-site at the terminal/shelter on Thursday and had a list of questions he could answer if asked.

Today’s Northumberland asked for the list from Larmer, but he refused to give it stating, he had elaborated on everything that was in the notice.

Larmer did add, “these are temporary measures until discussion and decisions occur on Monday and are being made for safety and security of staff and facility users.”

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