Councillor Korab presented a petition from the residents of Glenview Terrace requesting that action be taken upon the owners and/or tenants of the property on 61 James Lane (Avalon Recycling). The petition listed several violations of the Commercial Maintenance By-Law and Noise By-Law and noted that residents have requested that action be taken for a number of years with little movement. Seagulls nest on the building on an annual basis and are impacting the peace and tranquility of the residents.
Councillor Korab requested the Deputy City Manager of Planning, Engineering, & Regulatory Services to comment on the City's property standards and asked if the seagull issue would fall outside of the City's jurisdiction. Staff advised that seagulls are migratory birds and are protected federally. When birds do nest, it is handled at the provincial or federal level. With the City's property standards, once a complaint is received then an investigation takes place to determine if there is an issue attracting the gulls. Should a cause be identified, appropriate action is then taken to deal with the issues. The Deputy City Manager further advised that Staff were in the process of revising the Commercial Maintenance By-Law to possibly allow the City to deal with similar situations in a more effective manner. Councillor Korab requested that Staff investigate the issue and contact the provincial or federal government on behalf of the residents of Glenview Terrace.