“It’s time to clean up”

City up­dates by­law that spurs res­i­dents to clean up their front lawns

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - FRONT PAGE - DAILY HER­ALD STAFF @PADai­lyHer­ald • ed­i­to­rial@pa­her­ald.sk.ca

Ear­lier this month saw the city’s elected of­fi­cials up­date Prince Al­bert’s prop­erty ameni­ties by­law that pushes res­i­dents to clean up their front lawns.

How­ever, pass­ing a by­law is only the first step . . . . .

Now, they’re is­su­ing a pub­lic push to make sure res­i­dents are aware of the changes.

If that doesn’t work, there’s al­ways en­force­ment, but with fines of at least $500 for the first of­fence, en­force­ment is un­likely a road any­one wants to go down.

In short, the up­dated by­law pro­hibits var­i­ous items from

be­ing stored in one’s front lawn.

Au­to­mo­biles, ATVs, mo­tor­cy­cles, snow­mo­biles, boats, mo­torhomes, trail­ers, cam­pers, por­ta­ble garages and any ac­ces­sory struc­ture whether por­ta­ble or per­ma­nent are no longer per­mit­ted on front lawns.

The by­law also pro­hibits hu­man habi­ta­tion in­side recre­ational ve­hi­cles, trail­ers or ac­ces­sory build­ings.

“Junked ve­hi­cles” -- ba­si­cally any­thing in­op­er­a­ble or aban­doned -- are no longer al­lowed to be stored in res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hoods.

“We’ve changed quite a few of the stan­dards now and we’re go­ing to start mov­ing for­ward on im­ple­ment­ing some of them,” Mayor Greg Dionne ex­plained this week.

“We want peo­ple to know it’s time to clean up … You want your neigh­bour­hoods to look good, so I think it’s part of our job to pro­mote it; to re­mind peo­ple.”

Dionne said that he hopes to see th­ese stricter by­laws re­sult in fewer eye­sores and de­val­u­ated prop­er­ties in our com­mu­nity.

Even so, Dionne clar­i­fied that the vast ma­jor­ity of prop­erty own­ers in Prince Al­bert are top-notched.

“We have such a large sec­tor of our pop­u­la­tion that takes good care of their yards, so I think it’s our duty to stand up for those peo­ple.”


Mayor Greg Dionne

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