Decisions Deferred on Pets and Crossing Guards

Decisions about cutting crossing guards and adding household pets were both put off at city council last night.

A proposal to allow up to eight pets per home inspired questions about whether it should apply to apartments as well. City staff will look at the implications for apartment-dwellers and return later this summer with their findings.

As well, a recommendation to cut crossing guards at nine places and add them to two, also goes back to the drawing board.  The changes would save about $43,000 per year. Councillors agreed to revisit the idea following consultation with the public.

In another matter, council will ask London police whether funding cuts have been made to services that support victims of crime. Although city hall controls the police budget, it doesn’t have a say in how that budget is spent.