Proposed Bylaws – March 14, 2018 Council Meeting

The new Municipal Government Act (MGA) provides municipalities with additional authority and autonomy, together with additional accountability via a requirement that actions be enabled by bylaws.

The MGA requires municipalities to pass a bylaw to enable the application of differential tax rates for different properties.   Stratford has a different tax rate for commercial and non-commercial properties so the attached Bylaw 37 – Tax Rate Group Bylaw, will be tabled at the Council meeting on Wednesday March 14, 2018 for first reading.

The MGA also requires that short term and long term borrowing be enabled by bylaw.  Stratford must borrow funds from time to time to cover the cost of operations or interim financing of capital projects, due to the timing of the receipt of revenue and infrastructure funding, and to finance infrastructure projects over the longer term.  The attached Bylaw 40 – Borrowing Bylaw, will therefore be tabled at the Council meeting on Wednesday March 14, 2018 for first reading.

If you have any questions or comments on the proposed bylaws above, please contact Chief Administrative Officer Robert Hughes at 902-569-6251 or via email at rhughes@townofstratford.ca

 


The Town of Stratford will be installing water meters in all residential homes in 2018, as a result sections 51 and 54 of the Town of Stratford Customer Service regulations need to be amended. Currently section 51 and 54 read as follows:

  1. Metered Services

Except when water is used for construction purposes from a hydrant, under the supervision of the utility, and except as otherwise provided in this bylaw, all service other than that for domestic service and fire protection service shall be metered.

  1. Installation and Removal of Meters

(a)          Water meters shall be installed and removed only by employees of the utility, and no other person shall install, alter, change or remove a meter.
(b)          Water meter connections shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, including provisions for testing at the cost of the customer.
(c)           A meter bypass shall be installed by the customer where flow cannot be interrupted to replace or test the meter.  Where a meter bypass exists, a seal shall be placed on the bypass valve by the utility.  The bypass valve shall  be of a type designed to have a seal applied.

 

Following are the new versions of section 51 and 54 to replace the ones above:

  1. Metered Services

Except when water is used for construction purposes from a hydrant, under the supervision of the utility, and except as otherwise provided in this bylaw, all service other than that designated for  fire protection,  shall be metered.

  1. Installation and Removal of Meters

(a)          Water meters shall be installed and removed only by employees of the utility and its representatives, and no other person shall install, alter, change or remove a meter.
(b)          Water meter connections shall be completed in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, including provisions for testing, at the cost of the customer, unless covered through a program delivered by the Town.
(c)           A meter bypass shall be installed by the customer where flow cannot be interrupted to replace or test the meter.  Where a meter bypass exists, a seal shall be placed on the bypass valve by the utility.  The bypass valve shall  be of a type designed to have a seal applied.
(d)          Any customer who refuses to cooperate to allow the installation of a meter on his/her property will be subject to a fee of $50 per quarter, $200 annually, in accordance with the charge set forth in Schedule A to this bylaw.  A minimum of three (3) attempts to coordinate the installation will be made, including a final written notice.  This fee will appear on the first bill following delivery of the final notice and will continue to be charged until such time as a meter is installed at the property.

For further information please refer to the attached Bylaw amendment at: Bylaw #21G Water and Sewer Customer Service Bylaw Amendment.

Proposed Bylaws – March 14, 2018 Council Meeting

The new Municipal Government Act (MGA) provides municipalities with additional authority and autonomy, together with additional accountability via a requirement that actions be enabled by bylaws.

The MGA requires municipalities to pass a bylaw to enable the application of differential tax rates for different properties.   Stratford has a different tax rate for commercial and non-commercial properties so the attached Bylaw 37 – Tax Rate Group Bylaw, will be tabled at the Council meeting on Wednesday March 14, 2018 for first reading.

The MGA also requires that short term and long term borrowing be enabled by bylaw.  Stratford must borrow funds from time to time to cover the cost of operations or interim financing of capital projects, due to the timing of the receipt of revenue and infrastructure funding, and to finance infrastructure projects over the longer term.  The attached Bylaw 40 – Borrowing Bylaw, will therefore be tabled at the Council meeting on Wednesday March 14, 2018 for first reading.

If you have any questions or comments on the proposed bylaws above, please contact Chief Administrative Officer Robert Hughes at 902-569-6251 or via email at rhughes@townofstratford.ca

 


The Town of Stratford will be installing water meters in all residential homes in 2018, as a result sections 51 and 54 of the Town of Stratford Customer Service regulations need to be amended. Currently section 51 and 54 read as follows:

  1. Metered Services

Except when water is used for construction purposes from a hydrant, under the supervision of the utility, and except as otherwise provided in this bylaw, all service other than that for domestic service and fire protection service shall be metered.

  1. Installation and Removal of Meters

(a)          Water meters shall be installed and removed only by employees of the utility, and no other person shall install, alter, change or remove a meter.
(b)          Water meter connections shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, including provisions for testing at the cost of the customer.
(c)           A meter bypass shall be installed by the customer where flow cannot be interrupted to replace or test the meter.  Where a meter bypass exists, a seal shall be placed on the bypass valve by the utility.  The bypass valve shall  be of a type designed to have a seal applied.

 

Following are the new versions of section 51 and 54 to replace the ones above:

  1. Metered Services

Except when water is used for construction purposes from a hydrant, under the supervision of the utility, and except as otherwise provided in this bylaw, all service other than that designated for  fire protection,  shall be metered.

  1. Installation and Removal of Meters

(a)          Water meters shall be installed and removed only by employees of the utility and its representatives, and no other person shall install, alter, change or remove a meter.
(b)          Water meter connections shall be completed in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, including provisions for testing, at the cost of the customer, unless covered through a program delivered by the Town.
(c)           A meter bypass shall be installed by the customer where flow cannot be interrupted to replace or test the meter.  Where a meter bypass exists, a seal shall be placed on the bypass valve by the utility.  The bypass valve shall  be of a type designed to have a seal applied.
(d)          Any customer who refuses to cooperate to allow the installation of a meter on his/her property will be subject to a fee of $50 per quarter, $200 annually, in accordance with the charge set forth in Schedule A to this bylaw.  A minimum of three (3) attempts to coordinate the installation will be made, including a final written notice.  This fee will appear on the first bill following delivery of the final notice and will continue to be charged until such time as a meter is installed at the property.

For further information please refer to the attached Bylaw amendment at: Bylaw #21G Water and Sewer Customer Service Bylaw Amendment.

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