City beefs up its bylaw enforcement department

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CORNWALL, Ontario – The city added some last-minute spending to the 2014 budget, about $50,000 to beef up enforcement in an overworked property standards department.

The extra money will see a part-time data entry clerk's position made full-time and there will now be two bylaw enforcement officers instead of just 1.6.

"This department has 16 bylaws it must enforce…but there's no point if we're not going to have proper enforcement," said Coun. Bernadette Clement.

The city has faced a tidal wave of complaints in recent years because there is not enough manpower to effectively enforce bylaws related to maintaining properties in the city in a clean, respectful manner.

Earlier in its term city council created the property standards committee in response to more complaints.

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