Tecumseh to address safety concerns at events

Tecumseh Town Hall, April 11, 2017. (Photo by Maureen Revait)

The Town of Tecumseh is looking to curb any dangerous behaviour at public events this summer.

Town officials, along with the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach and the Tecumseh Community Policing Committee, will be hosting a public information consultation next month. The goal of the meetings is to engage the public and discuss ways to reduce unsafe actions from happening at town events such as the annual Victoria Day fireworks show.

According to Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara, the consultation is being held after a few incidents took place in the town during events in 2019.

“The Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach is a very active service group in our community and hosts several events each year and unfortunately at last year’s fireworks event there were some incidents involving unwelcome behaviour,” said McNamara. “We are working with the Optimist Club to address these issues together to ensure that community events such as this can proceed into the future.”

In one incident during the Victoria Day fireworks in May 2019, a 17-year-old was charged with robbery after another teenager reported being beaten up and having his cellphone stolen.

Richard Zarour, president of the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach, said during this year’s events police officers will be on hand to address any safety concerns that may come up. He added that police will also work to make sure attendees are moved out of the area quickly once the events are finished.

“The members of the Optimist Club are proud to serve the community through the various events and fundraisers we coordinate throughout the year,” said Zarour. “Following last year’s event, we have been working closely with the Town and the OPP to incorporate additional safety measures at this year’s fireworks event to ensure it will be a fun and safe evening for all to enjoy”.

The public information session takes place on March 4 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Tecumseh Recreation Complex and Arena.