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Bumps in the road for bylaw enforcement

Posted on October 25, 2018 by Vauxhall Advance

By Cole Parkinson
Vauxhall Advance

The Town of Vauxhall is still in search of bylaw enforcement, as a number of the different options they have looked at haven’t been the right fit.

At last glance, Vauxhall had hoped to partner with the Municipal District of Taber Community Peace Officer Program, but agreeable terms could not be agreed upon by the two parties.

A major concern from council was the amount of work that would be required by town staff when using the M.D. peace officers.

With talks breaking down between the two, administration has continued exploring different options.

“We haven’t been successful in finding a replacement, at least a replacement solution right now. I have talked to the Town of Taber police and they were slightly interested, but it is not in their radar yet, so maybe sometime in the future they would be interested. They recommended talking to the Town of Coaldale who also provides a service to outlying communities, but their response back was they were not interested at the moment,” said CAO Cris Burns.

With the lack of bylaw enforcement in the town, council wondered how best they could proceed.

They also had concerns about leaving the position open for an extended period of time.

“Without a bylaw officer, why are we doing up all these bylaws?” asked Mayor Margaret Plumtree.

She also suggested putting out some advertising for the open position.

Administration stated they would continue looking at different options moving forward.

“I can see if other professional services who might do that,” said Burns. “The local approaches aren’t there, we would have to go further out.”

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