The early bird better be quiet.
Tay council narrowly approved a parking bylaw amendment to accommodate early Sunday morning boat launches and trailer parking at 145 Albert Street in Victoria Harbour, despite concerns over noise and bylaw enforcement.
From May 1 to October 15, permitted hours to park at the location, known as the Victoria Harbour library parking lot, have been amended on Sunday mornings to allow a two-hour earlier start time of 5 a.m. rather than 7 a.m.
Staff brought forward the amendment to council after Tay residents requested the time adjustment to allow for two additional hours during peak summer times.
The amendment, however, was contested by Deputy Mayor Gerard LaChapelle, and councillors Barry Norris and Sandy Talbot.
“I don’t support it one iota,” stated Norris firmly, indicating that the prevention of overnight parking was the intent behind the original bylaw. He also pointed out a potential contention between noise bylaws and the early morning boat launches.
“We’re not here to offer valet parking,” said Norris.
LaChapelle remarked that he couldn’t support the amendment either.
“I, too, concur with councillor Norris; does this mean now we’re going to have a bylaw (enforcement officer) starting at five in the morning too? I mean, you’re shaking your head, but I would never support an eight o’clock (enforcement) but we’ve got people going out at eight o’clock at nighttime.”
Asking if other streets were looking for earlier time adjustments, Warnock was told by staff that it was just 145 Albert Street.
The motion passed as read, despite LaChapelle, Norris and Talbot having voted nay.
In response to a query by MidlandToday, Tay staff responded that municipal law enforcement officers typically start their shifts at 6 a.m on Sundays, but on occasion may be asked to start earlier.
Information on bylaws can be found on the township of Tay website.
Derek Howard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, MidlandToday.ca