One of the new managers hired this year is Kevin Feagan – he is Manager By-Law Enforcement and Licensing. On Monday, he provided a list of complaints to Councillor Aaron Burchat which Aaron read out at the Regular Council meeting as part of his Coordinator report. Aaron and other Councillors are taking literally that this part of the Council meeting should be about their Coordinator role but Mayor Henderson seems to have forgotten this and uses the time to mostly talk about what he has been doing – for the record, his Coordinator role is Economic Development (see Resources below for more on this). But Kevin’s numbers are interesting – although it’s strange that Aaron omitted reading out the item “Homeless encampment complaints”. I don’t recall these statistics being provided previously.
By-Law Statistics – one month
By-law statistics for August 15, 2022: For the period following the last report (1 month from July ## to August 15).
Service requests involving bylaw matters reflect the following:
- 29 Animal Control Complaints
- 7 General Bylaw Infractions
- 14 Parking Complaints
- 14 Homeless Encampments
- 5 Noise Complaints
- 3 Park Use Complaints
- 2 Tree Bylaw Complaints
- 2 Sign Bylaw Complaints
- 1 Pool Bylaw Complaint
- 6 Blvd Bylaw Complaints
- 7 Lot maintenance Complaints
- 4 Property Standards Complaints
- 1 Zoning Complaint
Total: 95 (for month)
A total of 988 Parking Tickets were issued in this one month period (includes tickets by bylaw as well as Police)
2022 By-law Enforcement General Statistics
YTD (to Aug. 23, 2022)
Complaints/Service Requests: 484
Part II Provincial Offences; Parking Infraction Notices: 3,518
As many experts have been quoted as saying: “To understand an issue, first measure it.” Or as Peter Drucker put it: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.”
As well as a measure of what the By-Law officers are doing, the breakdown helps us understand exactly what Cobourg people are concerned about. It’s important to remember that Cobourg By-Laws are not proactively enforced (except for parking and beach) – they rely on complaints.
Information on Cobourg Internet web site
Town of Cobourg pages
- Video of Council meeting 22 August – go to 51:28 minutes for start of Coordinator announcements.
- Town’s By-Law Enforcement Page