Kamloops' bylaws officers busy with too close for comfort calls

In the second quarter of 2020 — April, May and June — the department dealt with 142 pandemic-related physical-distancing complaints: 28 at residences, 45 at businesses and 69 on public property.

Perhaps Kamloops’ bylaws department will want to adopt a certain Police song title as their anthem.

In the second quarter of 2020 — April, May and June — the department dealt with 142 pandemic-related physical-distancing complaints: 28 at residences, 45 at businesses and 69 on public property.

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Those complaints typically involved people calling in after having walked by or visited a home or business and noted people weren’t adhering to physical-distancing rules, bylaws services manager Tammy Blundell told KTW.

While bylaws officers in Kamloops have the authority to issue tickets to those flaunting such rules, none have been issued to date, according to Blundell.

Earlier this year. she said, a number of businesses not in compliance with the physical-distancing edict, but only because they were unclear of what the rules were.

She said often times the complaints come in after hours and officers will attend and educate those who aren’t in compliance.

Second-quarter statistics from the bylaws department show social-issue calls increased to 385, compared to the 284 in the second quarter of 2019 and 308 during the same time period in 2018.

“That encompasses every single interaction or call for service [for social issues] we have attended,” Blundell said, noting those calls involve everything from someone sleeping on a sidewalk to a complaint about someone screaming.

Other bylaws calls have seen dips in the second quarter of 2020, compared to years past.

There were three graffiti on private property files this year, compared to 15 in 2019 and eight in 2018. There were six calls about graffiti in public spaces this year, down from nine in 2019 and 10 in 2018.

Bylaws officers also dealt with just a single panhandling complaint in the second quarter of 2020, compared to 58 in 2019 and 32 in 2018.

Smoking complaints at the city’s transit exchange stations downtown and in North Kamloops saw a second-quarter drop — to 58 this year from 96 last year. Alcohol complaints at transit exchanges, however, were about the same down to 19 from 21 last year.

Nuisance and unsightly properties are trending up with 138 between April and June this year compared to 124 in the second quarter of 2019 and 115 in 2018.

Complaints about people drinking alcohol in public totalled 25 in the second quarter of 2020, up from nine last year and on par with the 25 recorded in 2018.

Also in a decline are dog-bites-human calls, with two in the second quarter of this year, compared to 14 in 2019 and 11 in 2018. Complaints about dogs biting other animals totalled 12, up from five last year and 10 in 2018. Dogs-at-large calls were down to 102, compared to 125 in 2019 and 118 in 2018.

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