“We tell people they have to wash their trash cans?” Carr asked. “You’re kidding me, aren’t you? »
Callander is working to implement new Community Standards regulations, but councilor Jordy Carr has warned of “overspending”.
“I think we’re overreacting in a lot of areas with this,” Carr told the board at their last meeting, when the draft community standards bylaw was tabled for consideration.
The document, prepared by city staff, will help keep Callander “scenic and well-maintained” and complement the property standards by-law, “which will be brought forward over the next few weeks” for consideration by council.
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The priorities outlined in the Community Standards are keeping one’s property clean and uncluttered, maintaining walkways and driveways, removing graffiti, and including rules governing littering.
Pool maintenance, rules regarding composting and the elimination of standing water are also in order, and no grass should exceed 20 centimeters in its yard. The complete project is available on the municipality‘s website.
“There are a million different things here,” Carr said of the settlement, noting that some of the new rules could be difficult to enforce and many could be revised for clarity. For example, regarding the rule against having abandoned and unlicensed vehicles in their yard, a resident could restore the car, and “if it takes them four years” to complete, “are we going to impose a fine ?
Carr commented that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, and it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between “trash or useful materials” in someone’s yard.
The rules around garbage include instructions that bins should be “closed or emptied, rinsed and cleaned when not in use to prevent the escape of offensive odors or waste”.
“We tell people they have to wash their bins? asked Carr. “You’re kidding me, aren’t you?
“In our efforts to keep our community clean and nice,” added Carr, “I think we really have to be careful not to overdo it. And I see a lot of overtaking in many different directions.
Mayor Robb Noon encouraged Carr to share his suggestions with city staff, who will take the points into consideration, as the bylaws are still in draft form. Residents are also encouraged to provide feedback to the municipal office.
“I think there’s a lot of good stuff in there,” Mayor Noon said. “Maybe they need to be changed, but I think it’s another step in growing our community the way we want to see it.”
A final version of the bylaws will come back for discussion at the March 22 board meeting.