There now appears to be an atmosphere of hope in addressing issues on the streets of Nelson’s downtown.

This from Chamber of Commerce Past-President Ed Olthof.

That follows another meeting of business owners, city council, social services and police.

Last month many businesses wrote a strongly-worded open letter including an accusation that city council was adversarial to the business community.

Olthof says council’s proposed smoking bylaw would go a long way to allaying business concerns about loitering on the street.