City moves to clean up unsightly residential property

Salmon Arm city council is in favour of enforcing its unsightly premises bylaw on a 20th Street SE residential property

Salmon Arm city council is in favour of enforcing its unsightly premises bylaw on a 20th Street SE residential property.

Council voiced its support at the city’s development and planning services meeting of Oct. 3.

According to a city staff report, a complaint was received about the property owned by Carvel James Preston and Jeanette Kristine Preston in February.

A bylaw officer investigating the complaint found five uninsured vehicles sitting out in the open on the property, as well as long, unkempt grass and weeds and accumulated garbage, including kitchen appliances.

A bylaw infraction notice was mailed to the property owners on Mar. 8 advising they had 10 days to clean the property.

Further attempts were made to reach the property owners in April and May, before contact was finally made and a meeting was set up to discuss the removal of some of the uninsured vehicles.

Monitoring of the site in late May and June found little improvement, and a notice of enforcement was delivered to the property in August.

At a subsequent meeting, the owner was notified the matter would be going before council.

The decision to uphold the bylaw must also pass a council vote at its regular meeting on Oct. 11.

If a resolution to enforce the bylaw is approved, the city can then hire a contractor to clean the property at the property owner’s expense.

City chief administration officer Carl Bannister, said the resolution presented  will give the property owner an additional 30 days to tidy up before enforcement begins.


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