The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) will be hiring a contractor to remove debris from an unsightly premise in Lac La Lache.
Chair and Area G Director, Al Richmond says they haven’t had any legal challenges in the past from taking action for property owners to clean-up.
“Usually by the time when we come to the point of actually going on and cleaning up a property on behalf of a property owner it’s gone on for at least over a year,” he said.
“It’s usually well down the line that it isn’t something that happens overnight, and that sometimes causes concern with the residents who complain that it takes so long to act, but we have to allow people the opportunity to clean it up.”
The CRD had received a complaint of the unsightly premises on Timothy Lake Road on Sept. 2, 2014.
Costs will be billed to the property owner and if not paid by the end of next year, will be assigned to their property taxes.
Both the Cities of Williams Lake and 100 Mile House have faced court challenges in their bid for property owners to clean-up, with Judges dismissing them.
Richmond says there have only been about five occasions in his 20 plus year career with the Board, that the CRD has had to take matters into their own hands and that the CRD responds to premises on a complaint basis by the neighborhood.
“What is acceptable in one neighborhood, maybe not be acceptable in another location and so the bylaw enforcement officer does his best to evaluate the concern and has set criteria relative to what is there with respect to the vehicles that need to be operational and are not operating and having a junkyard for example.”
Richmond says at this point the owner may still choose to the cleanup themselves and that staff is always and ready to comply should they choose to do so.