Woman wants neighbourhood fireworks restricted 0
A Lake Eugenia resident is fed up with having her weekends disrupted by neighbours setting off fireworks throughout the summer.
Donna Murray told Grey Highlands council last week that every weekend from the May holiday weekend to Labour day the peace and quiet of her weekends is shattered by late night fireworks being set off by a handful of her neighbours. She wants something be done to reduce the number of times in the year that people can set off fireworks
"Trying to sit there in the evening relaxing, watching a little TV, then all of a sudden they start going off," said Murray.
She recommended putting a bylaw in place that would limit the number of times each year that people in Grey Highlands could set off fireworks.
"I pay higher taxes to live on the lake and I don't think I should have to listen to fireworks on the weekend. I think the 24 May weekend and on July 1 would be fair. I would be happy with that," she said.
Murray has shied away from direct confrontation with her neighbours choosing instead to complain to municipal officials including chief building official John Acres.
After almost two years of weekly complaints in the summer months she says nothing has changed. She's even called the OPP but says they usually show up too late.
"Every Monday I would send John (Acres) an e-mail with the fire number of the people who are lighting fireworks. I know who they are," she said. "My understanding is that they (municipal officials) have sent letters to them."
Murray says it's the same few people. The explosions start at dark and last until 10:30 p.m. at the latest.
Council asked municipal officials to prepare a bylaw restricting the number of times a year that fireworks can be set off in the municipality.
Coun. Stewart Halliday stressed the need for education as part of any bylaw.
"It's through education that you make bylaws work," he said.
Murray said she was pleased with council's decision to enact a bylaw and the educational component to ensure that property owners and retailers are aware of the new regulations.
But she's worried that unless the bylaw is enforced it won't have any effect. She says the police have been too slow to respond because they are busy with other more pressing matters.
"It's all well and good that they have agreed that there is an issue and are going to do a bylaw, but if nobody is going to enforce it, it's not going to make any difference whether there is a separate bylaw or its part of the noise bylaw," she said.