City of Regina
Saskatchewan CA

CPS Public Report
CPS19-17

2020 Pest Control Officer Appointment

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CONCLUSION

 

The Pest Control Act requires that if a municipality wishes to appoint Pest Control Officers to enforce The Pest Control Act, these officers must be appointed by City Council on an annual basis. This report recommends appointing the individuals named in the recommendations as Pest Control Officers for 2020.

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Appointment and Authorization of City Officials Bylaw, 2009, Bylaw No. 2009-71 was enacted in 2009 so that the City’s various delegations under provincial legislation could be more easily located. In most cases, authority is delegated by position title; but in some cases, like that of Pest Control Officers, provincial legislation requires these appointments to be made by individual and on an annual basis.  To find efficiencies, the City had approached the Government of Saskatchewan (Province) asking that the Act be amended to allow administration to assign these responsibilities by position. The Province declined this request. Therefore, Council must continue to appoint on a yearly basis.

 

DISCUSSION

 

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

 

Administration proposes to have the following persons be appointed as Pest Control Officers for 2020:

 

Name              Position

Russell Eirich              Senior Program Manager, Forestry Horticulture & Pest Control

Ryan Johnston              Supervisor, Pest Management

Corey Doka              Pest Control Officer

 

RECOMMENDATION IMPLICATIONS
 

Financial Implications

 

There are no financial implications with respect to this report.  The individuals appointed are already employed with the assigned duties within the administration.

 

Environmental Implications

 

None with respect to this report.

 

Policy and/or Strategic Implications

 

Appointing Pest Control Officers by bylaw instead of resolution increases transparency, as such appointments are more readily accessible.

 

Other Implications

 

For Regina, regulated pests listed under the Act that are of greatest concern are the Norway Rat and Richardson Ground Squirrel (a.k.a. Gopher). There may be a view that because of appointments being required annually, rodents are an epidemic problem, but this is not the case. Indication from routine rodent inspection for demolition permits are that Norway Rat populations are minimal in Regina.  Gophers are more problematic as populations fluctuate from year to year and are largely based on seasonal weather conditions.

 

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 within this report require City Council approval.

 

Respectfully submitted,              Respectfully submitted,

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