Stettler county moves for court order on unsightly premises

Castor community sign. ECA Review/T.Huxley
Written by Stu Salkeld

Stettler county is moving ahead with cleaning up an unsightly premises in one of its hamlets after a motion was passed at the regular meeting of council Mar. 11.

Peace officer Lee Hardman requested in an agenda memo, “Protective Services requests authorization to proceed with a Court of Queen’s Bench Order for the cleanup of the nuisance/unsightly property located at #33 Main Street, Red Willow [Alta.]” which councillors passed after a vote.

Hardman told councillors the county received five complaints from the public in 2019 about the property in question, and he noted materials from the property had begun to migrate onto public property.

“We’re ready to seek a court order to have this property cleaned up,” said Hardman.

The agenda memo contained a number of photos of the property for councillors to examine, some of which are included in this article.

Hardman’s memo to councillors noted, “On October 15, 2018 a complaint in relation to an unsightly property located at #33 Main Street, Red Willow was filed with Protective Services.

“Upon site inspection, it was observed that an accumulation of materials, vehicles and equipment on the property. Materials also present that encroach into the county road allowance behind the property. Property owners have been spoken too in relation to the condition of the property.

“A remedial order was sent on Oct. 18, 2018. On Nov. 3, 2018 a subsequent inspection was conducted of the property finding no change. On Nov. 25, 2018 a Municipal Government Act Order under Section 546 of the Municipal Government Act was sent to the property owner along with it being personally served.

“On Jan. 27, 2020 a follow-up inspection was conducted of the property. The property owner was present for the inspection with no change in relation to the unsightly nature of the property.

“A Second Municipal Government Act Order was personally served to the property owner to bring the property into compliance.

On Feb. 28, 2020, a follow-up inspection was conducted.

The property was still in an unsightly condition with additional materials now on the property.

“Protective Services has attempted to work with the property owner to bring the property into compliance. However, all means have now been exhausted with little to no action from the owner.”

“I think it’s time it was cleaned up,” said Grover.

 

Stu Salkeld, LJI reporter

ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.