City of Regina
Saskatchewan CA

CPS Public Report
CPS17-17

Appointment of Pest Control Officers

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Department:Office of the City ClerkSponsors:
Category:Administration Report

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CONCLUSION

 

The Pest Control Act requires that Pest Control Officers be appointed by City Council. The Act does not contain a provision permitting City Council to delegate this authority. Prior to 2009, these appointments were made by resolution. In 2009 the City of Regina (City) enacted The Appointment and Authorization of City Officials Bylaw, 2009, to improve transparency and to make the City’s various authorizations and appointments easier to locate. Annual amendments to the Bylaw are required to make the appointments of Pest Control Officers, as these appointments are required to be made annually.

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Appointment and Authorization of City Officials Bylaw, 2009, was enacted in 2009 in an effort to move away from appointing specific individuals to appointing persons by position titles, where bylaws and statutes create and appoint various statutory officers. At that time, many of the appointments had become outdated.

 

In some cases, like that of Pest Control Officers, provincial legislation requires these appointments to be made by individual; therefore, the City is unable to avoid annual appointment. In order to find efficiencies, the City has approached the province asking that the Act be amended to allow administration to assign these responsibilities by position. The province declined this request. Therefore, Council must appoint on a yearly basis.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The Pest Control Act requires that Pest Control Officers be appointed by City Council on an annual basis.

 

The Administration proposes to have the following persons be appointed as Pest Control Officers for 2018:

 

Name              Position

Russell Eirich              Manager, Forestry, Pest Control & Horticulture

Ryan Johnston              Supervisor, Pest Management

Corey Doka              Pest Control Officer

Kaitlin Willner              Entomology Research Analyst

 

RECOMMENDATION IMPLICATIONS

 

Financial Implications

 

None with respect to this report.

 

Environmental Implications

 

None with respect to this report.

 

Strategic Implications

 

Appointing Pest Control Officers by bylaw instead of resolution increases transparency, as such appointments are more readily accessible. Delegating the authority to appoint, assign duties and determine remuneration of Bylaw Enforcement Officers enhances the efficiency of City Administration.

 

This initiative supports the Design Regina, Official Community Plan (OCP) Community Priorities of promoting long-term environmental protection of the urban forest. This initiative supports the following OCP goal: Environmental Goal 1: Natural System; Maintain, restore and enhance Regina’s natural system and biodiversity. Goal 2: Urban Forest; Protect, promote and expand Regina’s urban forest and street tree canopy.

 

Other Implications

 

None with respect to this report.

 

Accessibility Implications

 

None with respect to this report.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

Section 14, of The Pest Control Act requires the City Clerk to notify the Minister of Agriculture of Council’s appointment of Pest Control Officers within 14 days of the appointment.

 

The City will advise the Rural Municipality of Sherwood of the appointments.

 

DELEGATED AUTHORITY

 

The recommendations contained in this report require City Council approval.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Respectfully submitted,

Ray Morgan, Director,  Parks & Open Space

Kim Onrait, Executive Director,  City Services

 

Report prepared by:

Russell Eirich, Manager, Forestry, Horticulture & Pest Control