New animal control bylaw passes first reading

The regional district of the Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) passed first reading of bylaw 1550, which is the proposed new animal control bylaw.

The regional district of the Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) passed first reading of bylaw 1550, which is the proposed new animal control bylaw.The bylaw, which would replace four previous bylaws (1081, 1072, 1151 and 1142), establishes and sets regulations for a pound and provides for licensing of dogs within the area comprising of the City of Grand Forks, the City of Greenwood, and electoral areas ‘C’ (Christina Lake) and ‘D’ (area surrounding Grand Forks).“I think it really covers the basics,” said Grand Forks Mayor Brian Taylor, who also sits on the RDKB board and chairs the PEP committee. “Taylor said he is fine with the proposed new bylaw although he is eager to hear what the public has to say about it.“After first reading it goes to the community for input,” he said. “We can expect to see some opportunities for the community to comment on it.”The RDKB held a town hall meeting about the animal control bylaw on Feb. 11 in Grand Forks at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior’s Centre in City Park.A second meeting will be held on Feb. 26 in Christina Lake at the community hall at 6:30 p.m.The bylaw is also available on the RDKB website, if anyone wishes to comment on it there.“What it has done is it has created a new animal control bylaw and we combined our old licensing bylaw and created one bylaw,” said Elaine Kumar, RDKB director of corporate administration. “It’s been cleared up and we’ve added a schedule on the back and that’s where our fees are. We’ve improved on our definitions.”Kumar said the definition of a vicious dog has been clarified and the bylaw no longer names specific breeds.The animal control bylaw will be enforced by the animal control officers, which are provided by the Commissionaires who signed a one-year contract with the regional district back in September of last year.