Perth council tentatively repeals anti-idling by-law

By Desmond Devoy, InsideOttawaValley, February 7, 2020

Perth’s anti-idling by-law may be on its way out, but Mayor John Fenik is hoping that motorists can shut off at the town’s railway crossings.

During discussion at town council’s committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4, Fenik said he “wanted signs at train tracks” at Wilson, Isabella, Drummond, and North Street crossings, so motorists would know to turn off their engines while waiting for a train to pass. There are similar signs at bridges over the Rideau Canal in Smiths Falls, urging motorists to switch off their engines while waiting for boats to pass through the locks

(...)But the environmental discussion did not end there. Immediately afterward, council voted tentatively to ban the sale of single-use plastics in town-owned facilities.

“We are doing what we can to be a more green community,” said Fenik.


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