The township of Langley has filed a lawsuit in a bid to ban a local man from attending any further Council meetings.
The township claims the man, who uses several aliases has made malicious and defamatory comments about the Mayor and Council members, and has been causing regular trouble at council meetings since 2014.
“Including but not limited to by bringing and displaying inappropriate signs, arguing with and yelling at the Mayor and Council members, calling the Mayor and some of the Councillors liars and criminals, … and acting aggressively towards Townships Staff, the Mayor, and Council members.”
The filing claims the man’s conduct has “continued to escalate over time, becoming increasingly more aggressive and hostile during public hearings.”
Mayor Jack Froese wouldn’t talk specifics about the case but said their priority is to make sure everyone feels comfortable during meetings.
“You want to keep a safe environment whether it’s physical safety or just people want to feel comfortable in attending a meeting which is their right to do.”
“It’s safety, it’s also just the orderly running of a meeting. It’s very difficult to run a meeting if someone is shouting out loud, and interrupting, and not allowing the meeting to proceed.”
He says it’s important to hear residents’ thoughts and concerns, but it’s also important to do it respectfully.
“Yes we want to listen to their concerns, we take their concerns very seriously, but we’re going to be doing it in a way that people don’t feel threatened.”
Froese told CKNW a person has had to be removed from Council chambers four times although he wouldn’t confirm if it had been the man named in the suit.
The Township is looking to ban the man from municipal buildings, or from contacting any municipal staff or elected officials.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.