Morinville – A new document that outlines just how the Town’s peace officers will be spending their time was presented to Morinville Town Council last week.
The 16-page document outlines the department’s several service objectives, including municipal bylaw enforcement, cooperating and collaborating with RCMP, fire services and the County, education and community based policing, and enforcing provincial statutes.
The plan calls for peace officers to divide their municipal bylaw time equally between enforcement, education and handling resident’s complaints.
At the same meeting, Morinville’s Interim Manager of Enforcement Services, Dona Tona, also presented council with the quarterly report for her peace officers.
Tona said Enforcement Services are currently receiving as many as a dozen calls per day, most bylaw complaints. However, the second quarter saw only 81 bylaw complaints. Unsightly premises topped the list at 39, followed by 16 complaints of RVs or trailers parked on the road. All bylaw matters dealt with during the second quarter were dealt with by educational means.
But not everyone got off with a warning. During the second quarter of 2010, Morinville’s peace officers issued 164 traffic violation tickets and gave an additional 49 warnings. Highest on the list of moving violations were failure to obey a stop sign, an infraction that resulted in 76 drivers receiving tickets.
On the educational front, Morinville’s peace officers have conducted two seat belt blitzes with the RCMP.
SECOND QUARTER BYLAW COMPLAINTS
The following is a list of complaints dealt with during the second quarter of 2010:
- 16 – RV / trailer on road
- 3 – Ground squirrel complaints
- 1 – Abandoned house
- 1 – Abandoned Vehicle
- 39 – Unsightly premises
- 2 – Stray cat
- 1 – Barking dog
- 7 – Requests for cat traps
- 5 – Parking violations
- 4 – Unauthorized sign on the road