The manager of the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association wants downtown alleys lit up and free of dumpsters.
Gay Pooler said Monday she’s been trying to reduce the number of dumpsters in the alleys for several years.
The latest dumpster fire behind the Thrift City store a few weeks ago points to one of the reasons why the big garbage bins need to go, she said.
The back-alley mural effort has seen several businesses spruce up their back entrances, and now would be a good time to start getting them to light them up and make the alleys safer, Pooler said.
What hasn’t been so safe is a spate of thieves entering businesses through unlocked back doors lately, she said.
People are just walking in, using a variety of ruses, Pooler said.
She told the City’s co-ordinated enforcement task force she’d like to see more bylaws and RCMP foot patrols downtown.
She’s also looking into finding money to fund at least a couple of Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) team members year-round, instead of just for the summer.
The downtown transit exchange hasn’t had as many problems as in the past, however, said City community safety and enforcement manager Jon Wilson.
Most of the problems involving buses have been while with passengers, not with people waiting at the exchange, he said.
Graffiti is also on the decline, with Graffiti Task Force executive director Ronnie Bouvier submitting a report that showed complaints for private property down 54 per cent so far this year with a drop of 57 per cent for public property.
Wilson said the drop in graffiti vandalism is due in large part to the efforts of the task force removing messes in a timely manner. Private property owners are also doing their part to wipe out graffiti quickly, he added.