Gravenhurst approved recommendation for a new Fouling of Highways and Municipal Property By-law
Gravenhurst Council agreed to the recommendation for a new Fouling of Highways and Municipal Property By-law, in the January 16, 2024, meeting.
Director of Development Services, Melissa Halford, advised Council that over the past couple of years staff have been experiencing challenges with highways and Town property being dumped on with debris by the community.
She indicated that the By-law and Infrastructure staff have received calls from community members complaining about people moving and depositing snow, ice, and dirt onto municipal highways and properties.
Councillor, Sandy Cairns, advised that she’s witnessed people also raking leaves on boulevards and Town curbs.
Mayor, Heidi Lorenz, mentioned people leaving their snow on the sidewalks.
According to Halford’s report, the goal of the new By-law is “to regulate the obstructing, encumbering, injury or fouling of highways and municipal properties within the Town of Gravenhurst.”
Staff believe the new By-law that was developed by both the By-law and Infrastructure departments will help prevent these occurrences from happening.
The report indicates the restrictions will “ensure that enforcement may be implemented where a person has contravened any section of the By-law.”
The recommendation also proposed that Council agree to update the Town’s Administrative Monetary Policy System (AMPS) to add penalties related to the new By-law.
Halford reported that this will help staff in both the By-law and Infrastructure departments to address complaints with applicable enforcement, provide education to the community about the risks associated with having debris and other matter unlawfully placed on highways and municipal property, assure the safety of the community, and maintain the infrastructure of the Town.
The report adds, Staff will have authority under the By-law to implement penalties through the Town’s AMP By-law.” This includes educating offenders where applicable.
According to the report, administration believes the By-law “is the best mechanism to prevent damage and unsafe conditions to the Town’s roads, highways and municipal properties, including parks docks, and parking lots.”
For more information about the By-law visit the Town’s website or social media pages.