Midtown residents told to 'make the call'

By Nigel Maxwell
October 16, 2018 - 12:00pm

Unsightly yards, illegal dumpster drops, and thieves on bikes, were among the issues raised at a community meeting in Prince Albert's midtown neighbourhood Monday night

The meeting was organized by the Midtown Neighbourhood Watch Group and the city's bylaw manager Suzanne Stubbs was invited to attend and discuss the options available to residents. She told the crowd they should never hesitate to call the non-emergency police line, for any complaint.

"I know people don't want to call it in because they think it's just this or just that but if we don't know about it then we can't deal with it," she said.

One of the ongoing issues in the neighbourhood is property crime, and people who ride around on painted bikes are often associated with criminal behaviour. Reflectors and lights are removed on stolen bikes in an effort to reduce visibility, but Stubbs said according to the city's bylaws, any bike out after dark must be visible and have the proper equipment.

"If we are able to find them then we can actually take the bike from them and then they can come pick it up the next day," Stubbs said.

The topic of unsightly yards was also raised at the meeting and Stubbs said her team would investigate all complaints. Landlords or homeowners who don't comply with bylaw's orders, can face fines ranging from $100 to $3,000. Stubbs said in a recent case she took to court, the property owner was ordered to pay a $90,000 fine. Stubbs said it's important for the complainant to document all information and be willing to testify if the case goes as far as court. 

 

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