Boundary Creek Times editorial – Aug. 1: Time for action

In July the City of Greenwood sent a letter to the owner of dogs that have been the cause of frequent complaint by their neighbours.

In July the City of Greenwood sent a letter to the owner of dogs that have been the cause of frequent complaint by their neighbours.

Quoting from the letter, the mayor said, “We would like to know if you are now in compliance with the city’s zoning bylaw 6873. If you are not, what are your intentions?”

The city currently pays for animal control through the regional district but the service has been without an animal control officer since June 1, 2013. So the city may have a valid reason for inaction since June, but as the mayor himself said at last week’s council meeting this recent letter was a follow-up to a letter they had sent last November.

That there was six months of inaction should be a bit of an embarrassment, though. After all, taxes were paid and services not delivered. A statement of contrition and pledge to try harder might be in order.

Mayor Kettle said that the only way to deal with such complaints right now is by sending letters and he suggested that future letters should set a deadline for coming into compliance or action would be taken.

At the same meeting the city voted to send a letter to owners of the Dombrosky property where an uninhabitable fire-damaged building has been a blight on the community for the past 10 years.

This isn’t the first time this property has come before council. Looking back through council minutes, a previous council sent letters to the owners and insurers of the Dombrosky property telling them that legal action would be taken if City Hall had not heard from them as soon as possible.

The minutes were from January 9, 2006.