Synard feels that the town could see a number of benefits from employing a municipal enforcement officer.
“Snow clearing regulation in the winter time (for one),” he said. “The requirement for offstreet parking is always an ongoing issue — we do have roads that are problematic for snow clearing because people park on the roads.”
He added that anti-littering regulations are another area where additional enforcement is needed.
Synard said a municipal enforcement officer would also help enforce the town by-laws.
“We have a noise ordinance, we have an animal control ordinance, we have an antinuisance ordinance,” he said. “The municipal enforcement officer, he or she, would not be enforcing the Criminal Code of Canada, or the Highway Traffic Act. They would basically (be) enforcing all of our own municipal bylaws.”
Synard added that currently, concerns from residents regarding the town’s bylaws are looked into by town staff, or even members of the Marystown Detachment of the RCMP.
“It is not a priority for the RCMP, they’re busy of course and most of the detachments are understaffed these days, so our municipal by-laws would be low on the food chain when it comes to enforcement from a police perspective, so we would enforce them ourselves,” the mayor noted. .
Marystown Mayor Sam Synard