Timmins Council is reopening the issue of storage containers in the city.
Back in May, a tie vote resulted in the defeat of a bylaw amendment that would have allowed railway or ship containers in residential and commercial areas.
Councillor Steve Black brought the reconsideration idea to this week’s meeting, despite being opposed to the containers in the past. He says petty theft incidents have risen substantially… and business- and homeowners are pointing out to him that if they don’t lock up their belongings, they’ll lose them.
“This is an affordable manner for people to quickly accommodate being able to secure their belongings and business parts and materials as well,” Black says.
“On that aspect of it alone,” he continues. “I’m willing to reconsider relooking at this bylaw, because I do agree there’s a safety and security issue we’re trying to deal with in the community, and this may help it.”
Council will take another run at voting on an amended bylaw at a future meeting.
Right now, the containers – often called “sea cans” — are only allowed on industrial and mining properties.