The City of Armstrong hopes to encourage residents to keep their properties looking clean after bylaw enforcement officers received 19 unsightly premises complaints in the second quarter of 2017. (Black Press file photo)

Council encourages community spruce-up

City of Armstrong bylaw enforcement receives report showing 19 unsightly premises complaint

Armstrong wants the community looking more spiffy.

Council was reacting to the bylaw enforcement officer’s second quarter report that showed 19 unsightly premises complaints in April, May and June. That was almost double the number of zoning and traffic complaints received (10 each).

“Maybe we, as mayor, council and city hall, should try and bring forth a campaign of some sort to try and encourage the community to spruce up a bit,” said Coun. Shirley Fowler.

“I wouldn’t mind if there was an opportunity for us to sit around and have a discussion on the kinds of things we could encourage the community to work on with us.”

Unsightly premises is part of the city’s Good Neighbour bylaw. Residents are not allowed to or permit graffiti on walls, fences or elsewhere on or adjacent to a public place; water, trash or unwholesome matter to collect or accumulate; noxious weeds to infest or have weeds and grass grow higher than eight inches in height; the infestation of caterpillar and other noxious or destructive insects; the property to become overrun with trees, brush or other vegetation; and the accumulation of construction, demolition or any trade waste.

“I challenge any residents if they have any ideas to let us know,” said Mayor Chris Pieper. “I think it’s just a real good way to show that we have community spirit and community pride.

“We want our town to look as good as it possibly can.”

Discussions on sprucing up the city will take place during a council workshop.