By Stu Salkeld The Stettler Independent
The County of Stettler repealed certain bylaws within the Botha area to eliminate duplication. Councilors dealt with the issue at their Dec. 13 regular meeting, and all councilors were present.
The issue was brought to council by Shawna Benson, Legislative Services. “Some Bylaws from the Village of Botha require immediate attention, as they will affect the operation of the County,” stated Benson in her memo. “These bylaws are being repealed in this bylaw.”
Benson told councilors that, after merging Botha into the County of Stettler, the town had bylaws that were similar to the county’s, but not exact. These bylaws should be repealed before the end of the year, allowing the county versions to take priority and eliminate confusion or mistakes.
Benson noted the following bylaws were affected:
Fee Bylaw – to standardize the fee charged for administration services; Tax Penalty Bylaw – Botha’s tax penalty is applied on January 1st, and the County’s on February 1st. Moving everyone to the County’s penalty bylaw standardizes the application of penalties before 2018; Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Bylaw – Should there be an appeal under the Botha Land Use Bylaw, the repeal of this Bylaw allows for the appeal to be heard by the appeal board established by the County, otherwise we’d have to appoint one specifically for Botha appeals; Subdivision Authority – repealing the authority given to Botha council, and allowing our authority bylaw to apply to Botha and; Dog Control Bylaw – The Botha bylaw allows for licensing of dogs and a different schedule of fines and penalties. Repealing this bylaw will allow enforcement to standardize the application of Dog Bylaw regulations and keeps us from having to issue dog licenses for the Village.
“The remainder of the Botha Bylaws also need to be repealed, consolidated and integrated into our current Bylaw system,” stated Benson in her report.
“The Transition grant awarded to us by the Provincial Government covers any administration costs associated with the dissolution, so we feel it is prudent to send the existing Bylaws to our legal counsel to determine which ones need to be repealed, stayed and enforced.”