KSAMC councillor wants fines for public urination doubled
The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) today passed a resolution calling for the Government to expedite the tabling and passage of public cleansing regulations which will, among other things, increase fines and penalties for public urination.
Donavan Samuels, councillor for the Tivoli Gardens Division, who moved the resolution at the corporation’s monthly meeting this morning, argued that the pernicious practice has become been pervasive in recent times.
Samuels indicated that the practice runs contrary to the corporation’s mandate to restore civil pride among residents.
He pointed that it is an offence under sections 46 and 53 of the National Solid Waste Management Act to urinate in public spaces.
He argued that the current $2000 fine is an insufficient deterrent.
That's why he wants fines increased with a doubling of penalties and custodial sentences for offences that occur within 100 feet of a national heritage site.
In the meantime, Eugene Kelly, councillor for the Whitfield Town division, while supporting the resolution expressed concerns.
Kelly said a proper assessment is needed to ensure that persons who are homeless or who have mental health issues are taken into consideration during upcoming discussions.
Kelly also pointed out that there are not enough public sanitary facilities and that this may contribute to issue of public urination.