The City of Calgary is hoping that adopting a collaborative approach when it comes to issues of public safety and problem properties could help bring about a faster resolution.
Since 2011, a coordinated safety response team has been in place that includes the city, Calgary Police Service, Alberta Health Services and other agencies dealing with issues presented by marijuana grow ops.
The city wants the group to expand their efforts into other areas, including other types of problem properties where the owner or tenant poses a risk to the community.
“We have to be able to respond. We can’t have citizens concerned for their safety, concerned for their properties and … getting the sense that the city’s not responding. And everyone doing their jobs individually sometimes isn’t enough,” Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra told News Talk 770
The Community and Protective Services committee heard that 97 per cent of complaints are resolved through education, which Councillor Richard Pootmans said Wednesday is a sign of a “very good system.” Fines and charges are brought only in rare cases, but council wants to see enforcement carried out more quickly in these cases.
“It’s really about recognizing that when we do have to use the stick, we want to be quick to use it and we want to be thoughtful about how we use it,” Carra added.
In 2016, 116 bylaw officers dealt with more than 88-thousand complaints in Calgary.