Township targets unsightly properties

Council has given three readings to an amended unsightly premises bylaw.

Spallumcheen council has given three readings to an amended unsightly premises bylaw.

The move came after resident Dennis Kontos wrote a letter to council in November, expressing his dissatisfaction for what he called “the lack of or unwillingness of the municipality and regional district to deal with our neighbour’s yard.”

“The intent of the amendment, as per council’s request, is to allow for a reporting provision to be added to the bylaw so that council is aware of any circumstances relating to the authorized person being threatened or denied or refused entry to a premises or property,” said deputy corporate officer Cindy Graves.

The reporting provision also applies if the property or premises’ condition possesses a risk to others or the public, as well as in cases where the property is the subject of numerous and continuous on-going complaints.

Light up

Chief administrative officer Greg Betts, says the overhead lights installed on Highway 97 and Mendenhall Road, and Highway 97 near the O’Keefe Ranch entrance, are now operational.

The lights had been installed by highways personnel but had not been hooked up until after discussions with Hydro officials.

It’s a girl

Congratulations are extended to Spallumcheen councillor Rachael Ganson and her husband, Jonathan, on the birth of their first child.

Abigail Kailei was born at 3:30 p.m. in Vernon Jubilee Hospital on Nov. 24, weighing seven pounds, six ounces. Among the proud grandparents is township Coun. Ed Hanoski.