Derelict property. File photo

Penticton resident takes city to task on problem properties

City of Penticton said they are trying to address hot spots in the community

Matt Taylor says the City of Penticton needs more bylaws to deal with problem properties, like the one at 377 Winnipeg St., neighbouring his property.

Taylor, who presented to Penticton city council Tuesday, said every level of enforcement has been involved in the dealing with the property, but issues continue. After services were cut off, he said, the tenants have been using portable kerosene heaters and a gas-powered generator.

He’d like to see a bylaw that if a home doesn’t have power or water, it could be declared uninhabitable and shut down. Taylor also said he would like to see a bylaw allowing the city to step in and evict tenants if the property owner is declared a problem himself.

Related: Power cut at problem house in Penticton

Bylaw, RCMP and others he said, don’t seem to have the tools to deal with these kind of problems.

“Frankly, I think it is your problem,” said Taylor.

The problem is at the municipal level, he continued, and the city needs to decide to take action or just let the problem go on.

“From what I have seen, bylaw is a profit centre for the City of Penticton,” said Taylor, explaining that he would like to see more bylaw staff to deal with similar problems around the community. “I don’t see why, if you have a recognized problem, you wouldn’t run (bylaw) revenue neutral.

“I think the community has to step up and expect more.”

Peter Weeber, the city’s chief administrative officer, said work is being done on the Winnipeg Street residence, even as he acknowledged the difficulty of dealing with similar public order issues.

“We have hot spots around the community and we are at a loss to address them all,” said Weeber, explaining there is a process to be followed, which the city is doing.

“We certainly aren’t sitting back watching this happen,” said Weeber, adding they are definitely coming to the end of that process.

“Everything takes time,” said Weeber. “We are doing as much as possible. It is virtually impossible to deal with quickly, but it will be dealt with.“


Steve Kidd
Senior reporter, Penticton Western News
Email me or message me on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Just Posted

RCMP searching Penticton channel for ‘evidence’

RCMP divers are on scene at the Penticton channel, just past Green Avenue.

Okanagan Wildfires: Monday morning update on wildfires and evacuations

A Monday morning look at the major wildfires impacting the Okanagan and Similkameen.

Nitty Gritty Dirt band returns to Penticton

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will perform at the South Okanagan Events Centre

Penticton Airport celebrates 76 years

Penticton Flying Club fills the field with aircraft of all description

Mt. Conkle wildfire near Summerland remains 118 hectares

This fire has several good water sources and has good road access.

Update: Police probe Toronto shooting that killed 2, injured 12; suspected gunman dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Peachland wildfire mapped at over 1,500 hectares

Smoke may increase today around the valley

Deadly L.A. market shooting started with domestic feud

A domestic incident ended after a car crashed into a pole outside Trader Joe’s market

Sunken duck boat to be raised after deadly Missouri accident

17 people died over the weekend in a deadly boat incident

Man extradited to Canada in B.C. killing, following arrest in South Korea

28-year-old Jui-Kai Weng was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder

Canada beats Triple Crown for Canada Cup softball title

National team’s championship is first at B.C. tournament since 1996

Record high in Japan as heat wave grips the region

The temperature in a city north of Tokyo reached 41.1 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday, the highest ever recorded in Japan.

Feds looking at ways to tackle wave of gun violence in Toronto: Minister

Toronto mayor John Tory spoke to the press following a mass casualty event in Toronto.

Most Read