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Clean up or pay?: Town of Clarenville looks into ticketing for property violations

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CLARENVILLE, N.L. — The Town of Clarenville is looking into their options when it comes to issuing tickets to residents who do not comply with correcting property violations, as untidy properties are the most common complaint they receive from citizens in the community.

This might include general garbage or litter or old vehicles and other unsightly conditions.

At the council meeting on Tuesday, June 19, the Public Works and Planning committee submitted a report which included the discussion surrounding the possibility of ticketing offenders.

Committee chairman Coun. Bill Bailey said there a number of “very untidy properties” in the town, whose owners have been issued letters asking them to clean up the property, with no compliance.

“It was noted the municipalities act does not empower the town to issue a fine for a property violation,” explained Bailey.

The chief administrative officer (CAO) for the town David Harris said at this public works meeting they would need to adopt a municipal regulation with very specific wording in order to ticket an offending property owner.

Council would also have to be empowered by the province to issue violation notices.

“Under that system, the town could issue a ticket and the provincial court would process the ticket,” said Bailey at the council meeting.

The committee recommended the CAO contact the provincial government to request information on the approval process to issue property violation notices, and resolved the further discuss the matter within the public works committee.

Harris says quite a bit more research will be required before they can take action.

Jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca

Twitter: @jejparsons

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