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REPORTING · 30th June 2014
Walter McFarlane
If you feel like disobeying a bylaw, expect the ticketing process to start going a lot faster. At Kitimat City Council on Monday, June 23rd, Kitimat City Council gave three readings to a bylaw for Penalties and Municipal Tickets Information System (MTIS).

A report to Council from Deputy CAO Warren Waycheshen explained this bylaw is going to do several things. The changes update the code with the latest Community Charter Authority in respect to fines and appointing bylaw officers. It will also speed up the bylaw process.

“Allowing these bylaw infractions to be ticketed offences under MTIS will speed the process up significantly as enforcement officers will be able to simply write a ticket for infractions (When possible, staff will still try to receive compliance without first issuing a ticket),” reads the report.

It is also proposed there be a new section included where every day of noncompliance is a new offense. Finally, the report recommends adding the community planner to the list of people authorized to issue tickets.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff moved three readings. Waycheshen explained the updates to the bylaw. He explained this bylaw deals with things which are easily fixed, such as an illegally parked vehicle.

“It really just allows us to get in there with the things that are quite easy, write the ticket, hopefully get them to move, because we’re not going to be out there, wanting to write tickets. That’s not the goal. It’s really just to be able to have that quick way of writing one on it,” said Waycheshen.

Feldhoff stated one problem they have is with people not cutting their grass, as to the unsightly premises bylaw. He wanted to know if the change would give them the ability to respond faster.

Waycheshen stated they could tell people to clean up their yard or they could write a ticket. They could do the work themselves with Council’s permission. They will be able to apply this to unsightly premises.

Councillor Edwin Empinado wanted to know why they were including the planning department in the list of people who can issue tickets. He was told it was because sometimes the Planning Department goes out because they are expert in the planning field and if they see an infraction, they would be able to deal with it on their own.

Feldhoff wanted to know if an issue will be issued daily, or can be issued daily. Waycheshen explained they can ask people to move something by the next day. If it is still there the next day, they can issue a ticket. However, he pointed out they can be lenient, if for example, there is a flat tire on a vehicle and they need an extra day to fix it.

“They have that judgement, they can say: There is a legitimate concern so it does give that leeway still. There is always some extenuating circumstances to look at, most of the time,” said Waycheshen.

Three readings were called and carried.