New pool, tempo penal­ties

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News

BY AN­GELA BROWN

Staff Here is a sign that an end to Win­ter may be in sight: North Glen­garry coun­cil is dis­cussing when tem­po­rary car ports are to be re­moved.

Coun­cil re­cently ap­proved an April dead­line for the re­moval of por­ta­ble garages and stor­age units.

Por­ta­ble garages and tem­po­rary stor­age struc­tures can be in place from Oc­to­ber 15 to April 15 each year.

Coun. Jeff Man­ley pointed out that weather is un­pre­dictable and April can be fraught with storms and snowy days. He asked the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to be le­nient in the en­force­ment of the re­moval dead­line.

Chief build­ing of­fi­cial and plan­ning man­ager Gerry Mur­phy said the town­ship wouldn’t be fin­ing peo­ple right away but would speak to prop­erty own­ers if they re­ceive a com­plaint about a struc­ture. “We don’t want them there late in the spring,” he added.

The by­law’s timeline pro­vi­sions do not per­tain to struc­tures in ru­ral or agri­cul­tural zoned prop­er­ties.

Other con­di­tions of the by­law state the struc­ture can­not be more than four me­tres in height.

In­di­vid­u­als are not per­mit­ted to in­stall more than one tem­po­rary stor­age struc­ture in their yard.

Tem­po­rary stor­age struc­tures are to be no closer than one me­tre to any front lot- line, and not lo­cated closer than three me­tres to any ex­te­rior side lot-line. They also must not be less than 0.5 me­tres from any in­te­rior side lot-line and 1.5 me­tres from any rear-yard lot-line.

In­di­vid­u­als are not per­mit­ted to erect a tem­po­rary stor­age struc­ture that ob­structs snow plow­ing or town­ship main­te­nance work.

Fines for in­di­vid­u­als who don’t com­ply with the by­law range from $200 to $500.

Fence re­quire­ments will be ap­plied to ex­ist­ing pools

North Glen­garry home­own­ers plan­ning on in­stalling out­door swimming pools are re­minded they must en­sure proper fenc­ing is in place, or face a fine.

The $250 penal­ties will also ap­ply to pools that were in­stalled be­fore the reg­u­la­tions were en­acted.

“If there are no en­clo­sures they are re­quired to put one up,” said Coun. Carma Wil­liams at a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing.

The by­law does not con­tain a “grand­fa­ther” clause, there­fore own­ers of ex­ist­ing pools must also com­ply with the bar­rier edict.

In ad­di­tion to fenc­ing, home­own­ers must en­sure their swimming pools, if they are be­ing used at night, are equipped with per­ma­nent light­ing to il­lu­mi­nate the en­tire swimming pool area. The town­ship also stated in its by­law re­port that it does not per­mit any light­ing to be di­rected onto a neigh­bour's prop­erty. Pools also need an au­to­matic shut-off de­vice for safety rea­sons. As well, home­own­ers in­stalling a pool must ob­tain a per­mit first or they will be look­ing at a fine of $300.

The town­ship will be for­ward­ing its new fine sched­ule for swimming pools and pool en­clo­sures to the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment for of­fi­cial ap­proval now that the by­law has been passed by coun­cil.

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