Council Says Yes to Bylaw to Recover Costs for Attending Nuisance Properties
Prince George, B.C.- Councillor Brian Skakun brought forward his request to have Staff look at possibly developing a bylaw “that would address the recovery of RCMP and staff costs from the owners of properties where there have been repeated calls for service related to bylaw infractions or other nuisances”.
Skakun says his motion was sparked by the recent hearing on the Connaught Motor Inn where it was revealed RCMP had been called to that site about 750 times since 2012.
Skakun says there are other communities which already have such bylaws, and pointed to Nanaimo, which even breaks it down further “If it’s a constable that responds it costs so much, and if it’s a Sergeant it’s so much.”
Councillor Garth Frizzell is concerned this might deter some people from reporting crime, but said he would support the motion.
Councillor Murry Krause supports the idea as well, “I will be interested in seeing what it looks like in the end.”
“It puts pressure on the bad guys to be good guys” said Councillor Albert Koehler.
Mayor Lyn Hall was also in support, “We have some locations in the community which really tax our police services and it comes to tens of thousands of dollars”. He said the numbers are “hard to swallow when such a large portion of the budget each year go towards police services.”
Council supported the motion unanimously, but there is no timeline on when Staff might return with a draft bylaw.