Temagami appoints a weed inspector

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TEMAGAMI – Temagami council has appointed bylaw officer Daryl Bell as the municipality’s weed inspector.

The bylaw was approved at council’s regular meeting March 25.

Temagami received a letter from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs that highlighted the provincial requirements to appoint a weed inspector under the Weed Control Act.

It was noted at the meeting that Monty Cummings was previously appointed as the municipal weed inspector until his retirement in 2019.

The appointment of an inspector was overlooked until Temagami received a notification advising that if there were changes in personnel, that it was required to give an update to OMAFRA.

Councillor John Harding questioned if appointing a weed inspector was normal for smaller municipalities.

Treasurer-administrator Craig Davidson responded that “it’s a position that the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs requires. It’s not common if you’re in a two-tier municipal system, typically it’s the upper tier that has it. We’re a single-tier municipality, so it’s a requirement that we have one.”

Mayor Dan O’Mara questioned if the appointment was also complaint driven.

Davidson answered that it was.

“It’s the same as our bylaws. If you’re walking down the road and you see a noxious weed, then the weed inspector would spring into action, but typically it’s complaint driven.”

Jamie Mountain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temiskaming Speaker