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Gibsons gets to work cleaning up its bylaws

Councillors in Gibsons are getting down to work on updates and revisions to a whole host of bylaws on things like roads, water and sewers.

They gave first reading Tuesday night to 5 bylaws, including one that puts all the fees levied by the Town into a single document and others that set out speed limits and one on the District Energy Utility that uses geothermal technology to serve the Parkland neighbourhood.

It’s not very glamorous, and a lot of work for Town staff, but Mayor Wayne Rowe says it’s long overdue.

Councillor Gerry Tretick, meanwhile, was bit surprised to find out just how sharp the teeth are in some of those regulations, saying he didn’t expect a potential prison term awaited those who violate the water bylaws.

Town staff say, though rarely used, the option to send someone to jail for bylaw violations needs to be on the books.

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And, the expected debate on a motion for a full study of the impact of a proposed waterfront hotel/conference centre on the aquifer had to be put off.

The sponsoring councillor, Dan Bouman, was unable to make the meeting because of a family emergency.

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