Anyone who hasn’t paid for their pet’s license fees by June 1 will have to pay more.
Council, during its regular meeting March 2, agreed that residents have until June 1 to renew their licenses for cats and dogs. After that the fee is increased by $10 for spayed/neutered pets and $20 for unaltered pets.
The town’s current animal control bylaw sets out an $18 licensing fee for spayed/neutered pet and $36 for an unaltered pet. The fees previously were due by Jan. 31 each year and no penalty was in place for failing to get the license. The owner may have received a fine if their animal was caught and not licensed but the cost of the license never changed.
Town of Bashaw Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Theresa Fuller, told council that after reviewing neighbouring municipalities’ bylaws, it was determined that most of them charge more for licensing if payment is received after Jan. 31.
CAO Fuller said that about half of the animal licenses in Bashaw are bought after Jan. 31.
“This creates a delay in providing an updated list to Animal Bylaw Enforcement.”
Mayor Penny Shantz suggested this year council make the deadline June 1.
Coun. Bryan Gust said 2017 will be a transition year for residents and in 2018 they could make the deadline Jan. 31 to pay for animal licenses before owners are faced with an increase for late payment.
Health commission seeks Bashaw member
The Yellowhead East Council of Alberta Health Services wants a Bashaw resident to join its council and help bring awareness of any health services challenges facing Bashaw.
“I think it’s a good thing and could potentially benefit your community,” said Patricia Johnstone from Alberta Health Services, Yellowhead East Council during the Town of Bashaw’s regular council meeting March 2.
The Health Advisory Councils (HACs) listen to the public’s thoughts and ideas on health care. They gather information about health needs and services for the residents in communities and advise AHS about health issues, needs, priorities, and access.
Mayor Penny Shantz said that Bashaw has a number of medical related services that many in the area may not be aware.
Council accepted Johnstone’s presentation as information.
More information needed
Bashaw council wants more information before granting Bashaw Historical Society’s request to help promote tourism.
Freda Schierman of the Bashaw Historical Society informed council that they want to lease the Tourism Centre and develop a place in the community where visitors can drop in and see what the community has to offer.
“The intention would be to collaborate with other organizations such as the art club, library, agricultural society, chamber of commerce, etc. and use the facility to display and promote activities.”