Unsightly bylaw worries Flats group

A group of concerned Canal Flats citizens made their worries about potential bylaws felt at October 24's village council meeting.

CANAL FLATS — A group of concerned Canal Flats citizens made their worries about potential bylaws felt at October 24’s village council meeting.

The group, spearheaded by councillor-elect Paul Marcil, were at council to primarily discuss the village’s Unsightly Premises Bylaw No. 132 and propose a series of changes to the current wording as it stands. Since the bylaw was passed down from the regional district when Canal Flats was incorporated, the group felt that in its current form the bylaw failed to represent what the village needed at the present time.

Mayor Bruce Woodbury agreed many of the bylaws needed significant changes, and said that some of the concerned group’s issues were also covered in other bylaws. However, he said the village had failed to make relevant information pertaining to particular bylaws  available to the public. As such, a motion was made to hold a committee of the whole at a future date in which residents and council members could have open discussion about potential changes to the bylaw in question.

“The earlier the better,” Woodbury said, with regards as to when the meeting would be held. “It only gets more complicated the farther we go with this bill (before holding the committee of the whole).”

The committee of the whole is meant to be a forum in which concerned citizens may voice their comments. Council says that they will welcome all input into the matter.


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