Watertown mayor objects to tarps on pavilion to protect homeless

Watertown Mayor Jeff Smith is objecting to a move by community members to enclose the J.B. Wise...
Watertown Mayor Jeff Smith is objecting to a move by community members to enclose the J.B. Wise pavilion with tarps to help homeless people keep warm.(WWNY)
Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 6:08 AM EST
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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - Community members set up tarps around the J.B. Wise pavilion in Watertown to help homeless people who stay there keep warm.

The gesture drew sharp criticism from Mayor Jeff Smith who in an email to city council members and the city police chief. He said it is “absolutely unacceptable,” saying the pavilion is not someone’s personal property and asked if someone obtained a permit to enclose the pavilion.

People have also donated food, blankets, and sanitary products.