Matt Charney, Parks Manager with the City, has been appointed as the Municipal Inspector under The Forest Resources Management Act, Weed Inspector under The Weed Control Act and the Pest Control officer under The Pest Control Act.
The decision was made unanimously by Yorkton Council at its regular meeting Monday.
“Each year Council is required to appoint a Pest Control Officer under The Pest Control Act, Weed Inspector under The Weed Control Act and a Municipal Inspector under The Forest Resources Management Act,” explained Darcy McLeod, Director Community Development, Parks & Recreation with the City at the meeting.
McLeod further explained in accordance with the Pest Control Act: A provision is included for the annual appointment of a Pest Control Officer to control pests, as designated in The Pests Declarations Regulations, within the boundaries of the municipality. Designated pests include the Richardson ground squirrel, grasshoppers, the warble fly and the brown rat.”
In addition, in accordance with the Weed Control Act, “A provision is included for the annual appointment of a Weed Inspector as the municipality is responsible for responding to weed control issues as outlined in The Weed Control Act and The Weed Control Regulations. Examples of designated weeds include but are not limited to, scentless chamomile, quack grass and various thistles.”
Finally, “Each year the City of Yorkton appoints a Municipal Inspector under The Forest Resources Management Act. This appointment is necessary to ensure that the Municipality has someone able to exercise the applicable clauses in the Act, and The Dutch Elm Disease Regulations, 2005. The intent is to limit the spread, and reduce the impact, of Dutch Elm Disease (DED) within our municipality and to further preserve the American Elm population for as long as possible.”