87 com­plaints in 2018

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News

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.”

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