In 2019, the Town of Golden welcomed Nadine Ebner as their new bylaw officer.
With a few weeks of work under her belt, Ebner is settling in to Golden and is adjusting to her new community.
“It’s been very exciting, there’s lots to learn,” said Ebner. “I’m still trying to get to know the community so I’m going around meeting new people, it’s still a process but I’m super excited about starting a new year and what’s to come.”
Ebner has been continuing the Town’s campaign to educate residents about their bylaws, using warning tickets and letters to let people know when they are possibly infracting on a bylaw.
“We continue with education, a lot is really paying attention to the signage,” said Ebner. “Enforcement is certainly an option we will look into as well, in order to make sure that people are complying with the parking.”
While she may be new, parking has immediately arisen as a primary concern for the residents of Golden, and has become one of the most prolific bylaw infractions in Golden, at least over the last year.
As a rule of thumb, parking downtown has a limit of two hours, unless otherwise posted. As well in the winter season, it’s important to check parking bylaws to make sure that where your vehicle is parked does not interfere with the Town’s snow removal. It’s also crucial to always keep accessible spots available and empty for those who need them.
Accessible parking is something that Ebner has noted may be an issue in town, and is hoping to see improved.
“I can’t speak too much about it because there’s another department involved that’s looking into making better signage,” said Ebner. “I don’t know what stage that is at and when it will be completed, but then it should be more obvious for people to now park in the accessible parking.”
Over the holidays, specifically concerning New Year’s Eve, residents have been concerned about fireworks in their neighbourhoods. However, fireworks are permitted on private property with permission from the fire department according to the Town’s bylaws.
“Some of our fire officers were out on New Year’s Eve with a ticket book ready to enforce, because we know that’s been a problem,” added Viv Thoss, the manager of legislative services for the Town of Golden. “Depending on how bad it is and the type of fireworks being used results in a ticket, at the fire officer’s discretion.”
Heading into 2020, Ebner will be setting herself goals based on the fourth quarter statistics, which have yet to be released.
While she waits for that, she’ll be making her rounds downtown, ensuring that sidewalks are properly cleared of snow and ice, as per the bylaws.
“We actually have been out multiple times already, the second time we handed out letters to inform people what the bylaw is,” said Ebner. “I find that I have seen some improvements, and I will continue walking around and talk to businesses that have not done their part as required to clean the sidewalks outside their businesses, because a lot of people don’t seem to be under the impression that it’s a requirement for them.”
For those who aren’t certain about bylaws, Thoss recommends contacting the Town to make sure that you have all the information you need regarding bylaws. Information can be found at the Town of Golden’s website.