Bryan Bespalko, Bylaw Enforcement Officer, entered the Council Room.
Desiree Mandel was admitted to the Council Room at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the cleanup notice she was issued and to suggest changes to the Land Use Bylaw to accommodate the chickens she raises in her back yard and to suggest changes to the Dog Bylaw.
Mrs. Mandel informed Council that she was not aware of the Land Use Bylaw which does not allow for chickens in her backyard. Mrs. Mandel home schools her children and she uses the chickens to educate her children about food production and to teach them about responsibility by taking care of them. The chickens are in an enclosed pen with a run.
She was also unaware of the County's Dog Bylaw until she received a letter from the Bylaw Enforcement Officer. She informed Council of other towns that allow more than 2 dogs per residence through a permitting system. She has three house dogs and one outdoor dog.
Mrs. Mandel presented Council with proposed amendments to the Land Use Bylaw and Dog Control Bylaw. She has numerous signatures of people who support an amendment to the Dog Bylaw which would allow more than 2 dogs per residence.
Following her presentation to Council, the delegation left the meeting.
Council discussed the repercussions of amending the bylaw to increase the number of dogs allowed on a property and enforcement of the proposed amendment. Council also discussed the consequences of allowing the chickens to remain in the hamlet. Following the discussion, Bryan Bespalko left the Council Room.