87 complaints in 2018
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff South Glengarry’s bylaw enforcement office fielded, on average, one complaint every four days last year, according to a recent information report compiled by the township’s manager of property standards and enforcement Gary Poupart.
Mr. Poupart’s report – a copy of which was included in the agenda package for the February 19 regular council meeting – states that the municipal bylaw enforcement department managed a total of 87 complaints in 2018.
The majority of those – 59 complaints, or 68 per cent – fell under the property standards umbrella, with 29 pertaining to unmaintained property; 27 concerning long grass and weeds; two regarding failed sewage systems; and one complaint about an unmaintained swimming pool.
There were a total of 16 animal control complaints last year – six involving dog attacks; and five each concerning constant barking and animals roaming off their properties.
In addition to bylaw enforcement-related complaints, Kevin Casselman, the township’s contracted animal control officer, received 79 complaints regarding stray dogs.
Mr. Casselman impounded 50 canines, euthanized 11, kept or adopted out 39 dogs and returned two to their owners last year.
A total of 41 orders to comply were issued to municipal property owners in 2018, with Mr. Poupart reporting that 30 of those “resulted in the property owner bringing their properties into compliance on their own.”
He explained that the township intervened in the cases of nine orders “and brought the properties into compliance at the property owners’ expense.”