Local bylaw compliance shows improvement

According to Sarah Osadetz, WildSafeBC community coordinator for Golden, locals are mostly doing their part to avoid wildlife attractants.

As we hit the middle of the summer, bear activity in town has cooled off after a busy spring and before what’s typically a busy autumn. According to Sarah Osadetz, WildSafeBC community coordinator for Golden, locals are mostly doing their part to ensure that the summer remains quiet.

During routine garbage inspections last week, Osadetz noted that just 10 garbage bins were left out on the south side of 9th Ave. S, while 26 bins were left out on the north side of 9th Ave. S. Those figures are down from last year, where 36 bins were left out on each side.

“Congratulations to Golden, they’re starting to comply with the by-law (by) putting out their garbage at the right time,” Osadetz said.

Still, Osadetz warns that those who are caught leaving their garbage out overnight, or putting it out too early in the morning, can face hefty fines. Fines that local Conservation Officers haven’t hesitated to lay down on offending home owners.

“In the last half of this month and throughout August…zero tolerance. I’ll be visiting homes (with garages) that have garbage left out …it’s illegal, that’s the bottom line,” she said.

Under the Town of Golden’s curbside pickup program, residents are told to put their garbage out before 8:00 a.m., but after 6 a.m. on their collection day in order to minimize the potential for attractants.

“Golden’s starting to pay attention. It’s really important now, when the bears are gone, that everybody reinforces those habits,” Osadetz said.

That’s not the full extent of the challenge facing Osadetz, however, as fruit trees are beginning to be a problem, as they always are towards the middle and late stages of summer.

Sour cherries can now be harvested and, according to Osadetz, there are a lot of people who are interested in either picking or receiving cherries.

A fruit gleaning partnership between the Golden Food Bank and WildSafeBC will begin on Aug. 15 and continue every second Saturday until Oct. 3.

Osadetz welcomes feedback from locals and is happy to help find economical solutions that work for any family in any neighbourhood that might lack proper storage facilities for their garbage. Any residents who have trees that need gleaning can also contact her. She can be reached at 250-290-1222 or by e-mail at golden@wildsafebc.com.