Town needs more bylaw enforcement

Editor: I see your article in the Gazette about the businesses of our town not shoveling the sidewalk in front of their buildings.

Editor: I see your article in the Gazette about the businesses of our town not shoveling the sidewalk in front of their buildings.

This proves to me and lots of other people talking in the community that the bylaws of this town are not worth the paper they are printed on.

It’s hardly worth sitting at the meeting and going through all the motions of making a bylaw, not to mention employing a person, only to have Mr. Fernandez say that they “encourage voluntary compliance.”

This town council continuously tries to say they are trying to get people to use our downtown and that the businesses need the business, then they allow them to make a safety hazard of the area by not shoveling.

They should pay the bylaw officer overtime to write tickets to business owners, and the Town of Lake Cowichan’s mayor and council or Public Works should not be exempt, as both approaches to the bridge on both sides and sidewalks in front of public parks were not cleared during the recent snow.

So, if the town expects the business owners to shovel, maybe they should set the example, or get rid of the bylaw officer altogether and we’ll just continue voluntary non-compliance.