Taylor Town Hall meeting looks to re-evaluate bylaws and enforcement

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Taylor Public Safety Officer Rick Cunningham says the initial bylaw curiously was brought up when the faces of Taylor City Council changed in the last municipal election.

“The new Mayor and new Councillors came in and they’re sort of wondering, ‘What do we want in the way of enforcement for the bylaws of the District of Taylor?’” explains Cunningham. “So, you know, I’ve been going around for six months giving courteously notices on parking and this type of thing.”

He says now City Council and staff are looking to better understand how residents want these types of bylaws enforced.

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“What we’re trying to do is get the people out to find out what they want to do in terms of unsightly premises, dog patrol, etc, etc,” Cunningham goes on to say. “So they’re trying to get input from the community as to, do we want to have parking tickets given out or do we want courtesy notices?”

Enforcement isn’t the only part of this Town Hall meeting, according to Cunningham.

“Also, are there bylaws that we should change and get rid of?” Cunningham explains of the district’s curiosity. “You don’t just create a bylaw because another town did – you’re supposed to create a bylaw because it’s required.”

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Some other bylaws that will be discussed include, but are not limited to weed control, illegal dumping, noise control and off-road vehicles.

“The other side of the coin is how many people know their bylaws,” says Cunningham. “We all know about parking and that type of thing, but they don’t know about – you know, you can have chickens but you can’t have a roaster.”

The Town Hall meeting is a drop-in format and is running 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on May 11, 2015 at Taylor Community Hall. If you can not attend the Town Hall meeting but would still like to contribute input, email feedback@districtoftaylor.com.

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