The Town of Golden had to clean up some garbage on Golden Donald Upper Road after it was illegally dumped.

The Town of Golden had to clean up some garbage on Golden Donald Upper Road after it was illegally dumped.

Illegal garbage dumping on Upper Donald Road

Town of Golden council and staff continue to address unsightly properties and the general cleanliness within Town limits.

Town of Golden council and staff continue to address unsightly properties and the general cleanliness within Town limits.

“To the majority of the general population, keeping our community clean and respectable seems like common sense, however from time to time carelessness and lazy actions lead to an unpleasant environment,” said Mayor Christina Benty.

On Monday Sept. 23 the Town of Golden Bylaw Officer received a complaint regarding a large amount of garbage dumped just off of Golden Donald Upper Road.  After responding to the scene, evidence was collected enabling the Bylaw Officer to apprehend the offenders.  Upon questioning, those responsible agreed to clean up and remove the rubbish from the site.

“Having staff deal with unsightly premises and keeping a watchful eye on the cleanliness of our community is a priority all members of council agree upon.  The prompt response and clean up on this recent incident is noteworthy as it sets a precedence that illegal dumping will not be tolerated,” said Benty.

The ongoing task of educating residents about keeping our community clean has had good results in recent months. The Town of Golden Bylaw Officer continues to pro-actively work with offenders with the intention to reduce complaints and beautify the community.   Over the summer months numerous property owners where consulted and agreed to clean up their premises.

The penalty for dumping in the Town of Golden under Bylaw 1287,2011 is a fine up to $10,000 as well as any other remedies at law that are available to the Town under the Community Charter or Local Government Act. These penalties also apply to property maintenance offences.