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City staff to present report on removing derelict buildings

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May 26, 2015 - City staff will explore options and report back to Council on the most effective way to remove derelict and unsafe buildings in the municipality.

The motion was brought forward by Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham and received the full support of Council.

“One consistent question I get asked is what we can do to deal with the derelict and decrepit buildings across the City,” said Mayor Letham. “The majority of our residents and business owners take a pride of ownership and present a great image to visitors to our community. Unfortunately some property owners choose to let their buildings fall into a state of disrepair.”

The mayor acknowledged the City does currently have a property standards bylaw, but it is worth exploring what options are available to expedite the removal of unsightly and unsafe buildings.

“This is about more than how we look to tourists or visitors,” said Mayor Letham. “This is about the safety and security of our residents, business owners and property owners.”

Mayor Letham said the forthcoming report will provide Council with information and possible options for addressing many of the property standard concerns he has been hearing about.

“Property standards and derelict buildings are something I hear about constantly, in all parts of the municipality,” said Mayor Letham. “This report will be a great first step in getting some information back to Council.”

Staff is expected to present a report to Council by the end of summer.


For more information please contact:

John Chambers
Communications Officer
705-324-9411 Ext. 1355

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