Armstrong will take a look at its bylaw services.

Armstrong will take a look at its bylaw services.

Armstrong to review bylaw services

The current contract with Commissionaires B.C. expires at the end of the year

The City of Armstrong will review the service it receives from Commissionaires B.C., which handles bylaw enforcement in the city.

The current contract with Commissionaires B.C. expires at the end of the year, and there is an option to renew for another three years.

But due to evolving practices and demands for bylaw enforcement services, city staff is suggesting a review be conducted for bother bylaw enforcement and dog control services next year.

“We’d like council to be engaged in that review to see what services council would still like to take place with bylaw enforcement,” said chief financial officer Terry Martens.

“This could include bylaws that are passively enforced versus actively enforced, the scope of services, number of hours and effort that council would like to see with certain types of bylaws.”

Martens said staff will do some research with options and service delivery solutions to present to council.

The dog control contract is separate from the one with the Commissionaires. It expires at the end of 2017 and there is no renewal option.

The Commissionaires have agreed to a one-year renewal at an hourly rate of $31.05, which is up two per cent for inflation from this year’s rate of $30.45.

Council unanimously agreed to the service review, though Coun. Shirley Fowler was absent from the meeting.

n Council did unanimously agree to new three-year lease renewals with the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce for its building on Bridge Street, as well as the land utilized for the Chamber’s caboose on Smith Drive.

The city renewed its three-year lease with the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery, and its three-year deal with Precision Cleaners for city janitorial services.