Given the success of the Integrated Municipal Enforcement Team, two new positions will need to be funded within city hall.
The Team has been hard at work and added multiple court cases to the already strapped legal department for the city. Another legal team member and a part time By-Law enforcement member are now required.
Both motions brought forward by Councillor Luke Dufour, ask for city staff to come back with ways the positions can be funded. In the case of the lawyer, it could come from a decrease in corresponding contracted legal services. For the by-law officer, it could come from a vacant buildings registration fee, administration fees from contracted services for compliance, and additional adjustments being made during the 2022 Budget.
“According to data that that was presented to the task force by the building department in 2020, over (vs.) 2019, with the additional bylaw enforcement officer, we more than doubled the amount of work requisitions that we’ve awarded,” said Dufour to council. “So that means the property cleanups, the building improvements that were ordered by legal orders by the city more than doubled with the addition of the additional resource.”
Councillor Lisa Vezeau-Allen said the IMET team has dealt with 12 properties to this point and the investment in her eyes is a good thing.
“I think it’s really important for us in terms of making our city safe for everyone, in terms of reliable housing and holding people accountable, that aren’t providing that,” said Vezeau-Allen.
There is no timeframe for the reports to come back to council.
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