More Work For LaSalle Inspectors

Building and by-law inspectors will have more to do in LaSalle.

As of July 1, 2018 municipalities still without a property standards by-law will be in charge of enforcing maintenance standards under the Residential Tenancies Act.

In LaSalle, that has seen council approve four inspectors to undergo the training to take the additional responsibility.

Mayor Ken Antaya says it continues a trend of the province downloading responsibilities to the municipal level of government.

"And that's all well and good, I mean that's their prerogative; it's just that we have to train staff and we have to commit time to it so, there's a responsibility there."

Antaya feels it will be some time before the town knows if the incoming Progressive Conservative government will continue the downloading trend.

"Come the end of the year when the existing provincial government has gotten their footing, they may surprise us with some more downloading, they may surprise us with money too — let's just wait and see where that goes."

He says municipalities have voiced their concerns over the trend, but on this particular issue — it's better to just move on.

In its report to council, administration states it doesn't know what kind of demand the inspectors will see for the new duties and will report back in 2019.