“This information assists us with organizing patrols, looking at problem area and applying proactive enforcement strategies,” Rogers writes.
These statistics are broken down into four different categories; animal control, unsightly premises, traffic bylaw and other bylaws, each of which have a variety of subsections (which are attached to the bottom of this article).
Within all of the subsections, only three bylaw concerns have risen instead of fallen, according to the report. These include files investigated into unsightly premises, which rose from 102 instances in 2012 to 111 in 2013. Snow removal complaints rose from 32 to 36, while general parking complaints only saw an increase from 264 to 265.
“[Unsightly premises] includes empty lots, residential, commercial area and it also includes complaints on noxious weeds, garbage and garbage carts,” Rogers goes on to write. “We are looking at improving the Unsightly Premises Bylaw, changing it to a Property Standards Bylaw.”
Rogers adds, “This will assist the department in dealing with the various derelict and poorly maintained units in the city.”
Some other points of interest include the decrease of dogs impounded, which changed from 153 in 2013 to 131 in 2014.
Also, the amount of parking tickets issued decreased from 546 to 420, but the per cent paid dropped from 73 to 65 per cent.
“We are working hard to switch the old and out-of-date parking meter mechanisms to new and improved digital units which are easier to read.”