TNRD to mull noise bylaw

Kamloops Daily News
September 9, 2010 01:00 AM

Incessant barking from a dog in the Nicola Valley will provoke talk at a TNRD workshop meeting.

Herb Graham, director for Area N of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, raised concern at Thursday's regular board meeting about a family tormented by a neighbour's barking dog. He said the situtation has been going on for years, with the dog barking in the middle of the night for hours on end.

The regional district has no noise bylaws. Graham said RCMP have been called in to deal with the dispute, but cannot regulate noise.

"I'm hoping we can create a bylaw to deal with barking dogs. Everyone has the right to live in peace and quiet."

Several other directors said residents in their areas have similar complaints.

The board agreed to hold a future workshop session on a potential noise bylaw. But, in an interview, administrator Greg Toma warned of costs and complexities in a large, rural region.

"Our biggest concern is if the regional district puts in a bylawhow will we enforce it? Our region is 45,000 square kilometres."

The TNRD employs one bylaw officer who would be overwhelmed dealing with noise complaints, Toma said.

"We'd have to staff up and what would be the cost? Would we need a dog pound facility?"

Those are the questions that will be addressed at the workshop, which has not yet been scheduled.

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