Council Update – April 10, 2018

This week at Council we discussed “power of entry” – again ! – for what I believe to be the last time for at least one year. What has been proposed will be re-evaluated in one year’s time.

Since I put forward this motion last year, Council has had before it several different reports that sought to address my main concern – the need for the development of a better process as it speaks to when and how Bylaw can enter onto private property. I have always maintained that Bylaw should require a warrant to enter onto someone’s private property when there is no consent or if there is no response from the property owner to a request for entry.

And , finally, this is the process that was in front of Council as the new Standard Operating Procedure(s) in the Town of Aurora. A warrant will be needed where there is no consent to enter; however, it should be noted that Staff will still be able to exercise the ‘power of entry” where there is a risk to health and/or safety, a risk of damaging adjacent properties, a risk of destruction of property, and a risk of damage to the environment.

This is a great step forward for our Town. The new SOP will ensure that valid complaints of a serious nature are being addressed while at the same time respecting property owners/occupant’s rights. The new SOP was approved 7-1 (Councillor Pirri opposed and Councillor Abel did not vote on the matter as he was absent) #GettingThingsDone

Share this post
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Reddit
WhatsApp
Email

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe

If you’d like to keep in touch with the Mayor and receive updates, please add your e-mail.

Recent Posts

Aurora Cares Community Action Team

We held our first meeting of the Aurora Cares Action Team on May 13 where we discussed new ways to connect vulnerable community members to available services, as well as any potential in-kind supports that we may be able to

Read More »

Rotary Clock

This week at committee, Council approved the Rotary Club of Aurora’s proposal to install a Rotary clock at Aurora Town Square (this will need to be ratified at Council). I want to thank the Rotary Club for their generous donation,

Read More »