North Huron appoints casual bylaw, property standards officer

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NORTH HURON – Council approved the appointment of a casual bylaw/property standards officer on Dec. 20 at the last council meeting of 2021.

Dan Pinto stepped up to help the Township of North Huron while they wait for the chief building official (CBO) position to be filled, and he will remain on the township’s payroll on an on-call basis afterward.

North Huron CAO Dwayne Evans provided a report and information to council, explaining how the position will work moving forward.

“Earlier this fall the township’s bylaw enforcement/property standards officer tendered his resignation effective Dec. 17, 2021,” said Evans. “The intentions are that the chief building official will assume the duties and responsibilities of a bylaw enforcement officer. Until such time as the position is filled, the clerk and CAO have been actively seeking viable bylaw enforcement service options.”

As previously reported, the individual scheduled to accept the CBO position had to step back due to some unfortunate news but is still interested in the job.

For the interim, Pinto has agreed to provide on-call services to the township, similar to what he does with the Township of Huron-Kinloss.

Pinto is a full-time provincial offences officer with the Grand River Conservation Authority. His position there allows him to provide relief to Huron-Kinloss. He expressed interest to the CAO to do the same in North Huron.

The agreed-upon arrangement is that urgent matters, such as safety issues, will be dealt with as soon as possible. Non-urgent matters, such as the removal of rubbish, will be addressed when his work schedule allows.

“It is expected the CBO position will assume responsibility for bylaw enforcement services,” stated Evans’ report. “Similar to the Township of Huron-Kinloss arrangement, it is proposed that Mr. Pinto will continue to provide relief bylaw enforcement and property standards services for the township to allow for sufficient vacation coverage, etc.”

Evans said the funds for this position have been incorporated into the draft 2022 budget. The township staff will be responsible for directing Pinto when his services are required.

Under the proposed arrangement, payment will be provided when services are rendered. Therefore, no substantial cost increase is expected.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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