New pool, tempo penalties
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.