Commissionaires begin bylaw enforcement in Kamsack

Town council has agreed to hire commissionaires to enforce bylaws in Kamsack, filling a void which was created when Cody Langlois resigned in August.

As of September 1, Phil De Vos of Yorkton, a sergeant in the Corps of Commissionaires, began duties as the bylaw enforcement officer.

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De Vos indicated that there are 70 plus communities that currently utilize the services of commissionaires, and hours and dates are variable to meet the needs of each community.

Kamsack has currently signed on for 16 hours or two eight-hour days of service on a fluctuating schedule.

“Flexible scheduling allows the commissionaires to accommodate special events as required by the town,” De Vos said.

The authority of a bylaw enforcement officer is governed by federal, provincial and municipal legislation, and assigned duties are dictated by municipalities, he said.

“Enforcement is different in each community. The community will dictate the enforcement level.

“In Kamsack, right now, the mandate is primarily to work with residents in instances where their yards might have fallen into a state where upkeep is required. I will gather information and proceed with a course of action.

“The first step is to make contact and educate the resident about the bylaws and a solution for resolution progresses from there.”

De Vos said there is no leeway allowed when it come to parking enforcement. Tickets will  be issued for parking infractions which are brought to the attention of the commissionaires.