City staff to go ahead with new illegal dumping bylaw

Port Alberni’s current bylaws are not effective in dealing with illegal dumping, city planner Scott Smith told city council.

Port Alberni’s current bylaws are not effective in dealing with illegal dumping, city planner Scott Smith told city council during their May 25 meeting.

While the city’s property maintenance bylaw does have some general language in it for depositing refuge on private property or on public space, Smith said, “it isn’t that clear and the property maintenance bylaw isn’t really in a good place for the general public to go look for it.”

Although Smith recommended a new bylaw with new fines, he said more education was key to making it effective.

“[A new bylaw] doesn’t address the challenges that we have in trying to catch people that dump.”

“I’d like to focus on public education and put a package together on the negative impacts of dumping and what are the options that we have in the Valley to dispose of garbage?”

Smith also hopes that information on what the public should do when they witness illegal dumping will help with enforcement.

“What information is important to take down when confronting that offender that they could then provide to us.”

Coun. Denis Sauve expressed concern that city staff would be wasting their time preparing the educational materials.

“I’m just worried that we’re going to be spending money and staff time preparing packages when it’s obviously illegal to dump and litter.”

Mayor Mike Ruttan disagreed.

“It’s never a waste when you educate people about changing their behaviour to a way that’s more socially acceptable.”

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

twitter.com/AlberniNews

Just Posted

Coldest Night of the Year event brings attention to plight of the homeless

Port Alberni teams prepare to walk one of three routes and raise funds too

Alberni Armada girls a surprise contender at Vancouver Island high school basketball championships

The Alberni Armada senior girls’ basketball team is going somewhere they never… Continue reading

Alberni Curling Club hosts 66th annual men’s bonspiel

Curlers will compete in four events Feb. 15–17

Arrowsmith Rotary seeking artist proposals for mural near Harbour Quay

Mural project will be based on the theme of reconciliation

Port Alberni couple wins $5 million jackpot

Harold and Madelaine Thomas plan to put money aside for children and grandchildren

VIDEO: Port Alberni enjoys a snow day

Alberni Valley residents armed themselves with sleds and shovels

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Man in Vancouver Island hotel shooting pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Brandon Tyler Woody, from Victoria, to be sentenced in late March in B.C. Supreme Court

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Most Read