David Bretell is Wolfville’s first bylaw enforcement officer. – Wendy Elliott, www.kingscountynews.ca
By Wendy Elliott
Wolfville’s new Bylaw Enforcement Officer Dave Bretell has been busy updating a number of the town’s bylaws.
The Dog Control Bylaw, among others, is expected to get a second reading on Sept. 24. The current dog bylaw has been in existence since 1994.
CAO Brian Smith said the proposed amendments serve to clarify where dogs are allowed off leash within the town and update some of the language to reflect current terminology.
More importantly, he suggested, significant change was required to reflect the rights of the owner of a dog that has been impounded, to outline the powers and responsibilities of the town and animal control officer. Smith said the changes will also make the bylaw easier to read and interpret.
Current off-leash areas in Wolfville are Woodman’s Grove, Olsen Pond, Reservoir Park, Sherwood-Rawding Ravine, Pompano Development Green Space, Rotary Park, Acadia green space and playing fields between Nov. 1 and March 31.
Bretell has also updated the Property Minimum Standards Bylaw, which was originally passed in 1981. It outlines the responsibilities of both residential and commercial property owners.
Several councillors weighed in earlier this month on some of the issues about standards.
Coun. Wendy Donovan said she hoped the bylaw could prohibit derelict vehicles, grass left uncut and the parking of vehicles on lawns. She suggested that the fines not be too low, noting that if staff has to visit two or three times, costs can quickly mount.
Coun. Dan Sparkman, meanwhile, suggested that the bylaw should not prevent a lawn from being turned into a vegetable garden and Coun. Hugh Simpson said he hoped the bylaw would be educational first, then concentrate on enforcement.
Development director Gregg Morrison said the bylaw will aid in cases where mould and mildew are severe problems.