Bayham Fire Department responded to 112 bylaw calls for services throughout 2020. Of that amount, 31% (35) were regarding animal control/dogs, 25% (28) for property standards, and 20% (23) were associated with parking and traffic.
Fire Chief Harry Baranik reviewed the report during a virtual Bayham council meeting on Thursday, May 20.
“I’ve found that the bylaws are very taxing in nature, especially with regards to time, and we have one or two complaints that have been going on for years,” he said.
Less frequent calls included noise (7), zoning (5), other (4), dumping and littering (3), fire (2), and prohibited animals (1). While there were 112 service calls, this number does not reflect different locations.
A multistep approach is often taken with bylaw violations before enforcement. This would include a warning letter followed by a violation notice before enforcement in most cases.
Responses to those calls included: correspondence / education (28), violation notice (21), and a municipal enforcement ticket (17). Two instances resulted in a ticket/enforcement, and one instance resulted in court.
“With regards to breakdown in responses, you can see that the vast majority has been and always will be education,” said Chief Baranik.
For 2021, Chief Baranik will review bylaws and update them to ensure the wording agrees with other municipal bylaws.
Veronica Reiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Aylmer Express