Tudor and Cashel rescind 46-year-old bylaw

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A bylaw that was nearly half a century old was rescinded by Tudor and Cashel Township council at their meeting on Dec. 7. The bylaw, numbered 1975-0004, was a statute prohibiting animals other than dogs from running large or trespassing within any part of the township, and stipulating charges daily for their care and ultimately sale at public auction if they were not claimed by their owners. Council decided to repeal it with bylaw 2021-43, and voted to do so unanimously.

At the Dec. 7 meeting, Tudor and Cashel Township decided to rescind this bylaw, numbered 1975-0004, which prohibited the running loose or trespassing of animals other than dogs within Tudor and Cashel Township. This was done by introducing and voting in another bylaw, 2021-43. These other animals in the rescinded bylaw included horses, cattle, hogs and other unspecified animals. It was initially passed by the council of the day, led by Reeve Ross Sprackett, back on May 9, 1975.

This bylaw, to prohibit the running at large or trespassing of animals other than dogs, had a provision for impounding them, charging a $5 fine for their impoundment on a daily basis and if not claimed within four days, an advertisement would be posted in at least three public spaces in the township give at least six days notice of the time and place of sale and then sell the animals in question at a public auction to cover any damages or expenses incurred by said animals having run loose or trespassed within the municipality.

There was also a provision that should the money collected from the sale be less than the amount spent by the pound keeper taking care of the animal (including feeding costs), the township would reimburse the pound keeper the difference. Anyone caught violating this bylaw would be subject to a fine of not more than $500.

Mayor Libby Clarke called it “a very interesting bylaw,” and called on council to support the motion to rescind it, which was supplied by Councillor Roy Reeds and seconded by Councillor Wanda Donaldson. Council subsequently voted unanimously to rescind the bylaw.

Clarke says that there are a lot of old bylaws and Carrol and Sheryl Scott, the deputy clerk and treasurer, are slowly going through them to pick out the ones that can be rescinded. She says that although it is time consuming, it needs to be done.

Nancy Carrol, the clerk and treasurer, says bylaw 1975-0004 was brought to council because it contradicted other bylaws that were in place.

“As well, it was very outdated. This is personally the first one that I have run into,” she says. “The best practice is to have a new bylaw repeal the one that was in effect previously.”

Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times

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