Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Having heard that during Rum Runner Days the Mayor's house was egged on two consecutive nights, and now in an article in this week's local newspaper (not available on-line) I see he had it done to him again this month as well. He now has had enough and wants his newly hired Peace Officers to nail the little bastards. :-)
Pass Herald Reporter
Mayor Decoux feels the curfew bylaw abused
After a series of house egging's and vandalism to pubic buildings believed to be caused by youth of the Crowsnest Pass, people are wondering if the curfew bylaw passed by Council approximately two years ago is being followed.
In 2010, Council passed a curfew bylaw which applies to all youth 17 years of age and under, which states that between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., youth must be with a parent or legal guardian, or must have a valid reason for being out of their residence.
If found violating the bylaw, the youth can be fined $25 the first time and $200 the second time they are found guilty of the offense. The parent or guardian can be fined $100 for a first time offense and $200 for a second time offense.
Council passed the motion with a vote 4-2. "It's been an ongoing occurrence," said Mayor Decoux. "The bylaw has not been implemented and we lack the power to implement the bylaw," said Decoux, adding that in the past, bylaw officers only worked during the day. "We need to have zero tolerance." Decoux believes now that the municipality has hired one of two Peace Officers, the bylaw will be better enforced, and therefore, less infringement to the public.
The bylaw was originally requested by concerned citizens following numerous acts of vandalism done to private properties around the Pass.
Comment: Have a feeling this has more to do with his cancelling Thunder in the Valley, his own leadership style and the direction he is taking this community, than anything else. Also, there is no proof that these separate acts of vandalism are those of kids either?
Already have one Bylaw Officer down having been assaulted, is the Mayor next? Thank god he's got his own personal police force (storm troopers?) and is giving them direction on what should now be their top enforcement priority in the Pass... the Curfew Bylaw!!
Old age and treachery beats youthful exuberance every time.