Com­plaint-based en­force­ment

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The Ed­i­tor, Re: Crack­down on messy yards; Col­lar­ing loose an­i­mals, May 29, 2019;

Mr. Jacob Rheaume, North Glen­garry Town­ship Di­rec­tor of En­force­ment, Build­ing, By­Laws, and Plan­ning, is it your be­lief that a new by­law is needed to deal with all the problems that ex­ists in North Glen­garry?

Your pro­fes­sional ser­vice to North Glen­garry is built up by a law­ful ex­er­cise of power, rein­vent­ing the old by­laws into a messy one, on a com­plaint­based power of en­force­ment to re­cover the ex­penses through the tax roll.

North Glen­garry is not in need of a Mafia-like en­force­ment over un­law­ful reg­u­la­tions.

An ex­am­ple: Ten months ago, you put a drain charge of $158 on my tax roll, based on an en­gi­neer­ing or­der to re­move beaver and a dam and to up­grade the wa­ter­flow to go up­stream to bring the drainage sys­tems in line with your kind of reg­u­la­tions.

The dam is still there and the wa­ter will not go up­stream.

In­voices are the best ref­er­ences as to how a busi­ness works. The first no­tice in­di­cates the in­ter­est rate of 1.25%.

In­stead of an­swer­ing my let­ter, the tax collector of N.G. of­fered me two year time to pay be­fore I get an­other $400 on the tax roll to start the pro­fes­sional ser­vice to take away my as­sets.

Back to the messy yards and loose an­i­mals. N.G. Coun­cil voted in favour of a new stricter by­law only to learn af­ter, that the en­force­ment is com­plaint­based with­out any le­gal right to op­pose.

North Glen­garry, On­tario’s Celtic Heart­land must build up the great rep­u­ta­tion they have in the past. Com­plaint-based en­force­ment is a shame.

Ruedi Matt, Alexan­dria

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