Spike in gripes
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff Property standards and yard maintenance complaints by South Glengarry residents were up 66 per cent in 2016.
According to a brief summary on bylaw enforcement activities prepared by township manager of property standards and bylaw enforcement Gary Poupart and presented at the January 16 regular council meeting, a total of 113 such public grievances were filed last year, compared to 68 in 2015. One hundred of those have been addressed and settled, while the remaining 13 “have been addressed and are either in the process of meeting compliance or are ready to be charged for being in violation,” the report states.
Zoning-related complaints remained consistently low, with two being received last year and three in 2015. Animal control responded to 11 complaints in 2016, including three dog attacks which resulted in one “order to muzzle” along with a fine, as well as two cautions being issued. Township CAO Bryan Brown explained that the surge in the number of complaints isn’t unique to South Glengarry. “Gary’s (complaint-driven) activities are much heavier,” said Mr. Brown.
“The complaint world has really taken off, and not just in this municipality, or at this level. I was on a conference call last week with a group from the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario and with CAOs all across the province, and everybody is seeing the same trend. “For whatever reason, in the last two to three years, complaints by the public, and it doesn’t matter if it’s municipal, provincial or federal governments, are just skyrocketing, particularly on social media,” he added. In 2014, there were 76 complaints – dealing with property standards and yard maintenance-related, zoning and animal control issues. That number increased by 18.4 per cent – to a total of 90 public complaints – in 2015, and by 40 per cent (from 90 to 126) in 2016.
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