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ENERGY & OIL SHOP LOCAL HOMELESS ILLEGAL BASEMENT SUITES RAISE CONCERNS

ENERGY & OIL Federal grant Town council chambers fill with residents frustrated with illegal basement suites $1M

HRH OPENING NIGHT A Guide to FEATURE: FEATURE: to address by Adrienne Tait residence at 1620 Edson Drive and the other suites are permitted within the town bylaws, raised
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however, the applications in question were
at 5926 10 Avenue. While the applications
GRINCHY FUN careers in EDUCATION in Edson... evening of January 20 with residents and owners were separate, the town held for homes that were not owner occupied at the for
OilPatch
The Town Council chambers were filled the
see page 23-27
Oil & Gas...
time of filing.
public hearings for both proposed
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In the case of 5926 10 Avenue, the property
amendments received very similar comments
frustrated with illegal basement suites in their
IN ACTION!
see page 25
neighborhood.
Property values, traffic congestion, noise
single mother who is living in the home.
Two applications to amend bylaw 2070 and concerns. had sold since the application was made to a Stollery!
see pages 27-31 LITERACY rezone two illegal basements suites from complaints, safety concerns, and unsightly Such applications “go with the property” and
SCHOOL TIMES single family residential to low density property conditions dominated the concerns therefore council was not aware of the change
raised by neighboring property owners.
multiple family residential were received by
in ownership prior to the hearing. Because
GYPSD town council. One application was for a Owner occupied homes with basement continued on page 3
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see page 11 family event...
see page 9

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COMMENT


Making a
with commitment

to early photo Adrienne Tait

see page 8 literacy... Residents filled council chambers the evening of January 20 to voice their concerns and disapproval of illegal basement suites.

see page 6 Mayor addresses concerns with noise bylaw
'You don't have to wait until 11 p.m. to file a complaint': Mayor Pasychny
REAL ESTATE
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What neighbours can do to address
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issue fines.
weeklyanchor Best which included public hearings regarding property with problem tenants is to contact Pasychny recommended that if a situation
Source illegal basement suites and living next to the owners, bylaw, or RCMP as needed. has arisen during regular business hours to continue on page 3
for Real Estate rental properties, Mayor Greg Pasychny “What people don't realise is we changed make bylaw officers the first call. After continue on page 3
spoke with those in the gallery regarding the noise bylaw a few years ago. You don't business hours or as needed he encouraged
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the best in real estate some of the concerns that were raised; in have to wait until 11 p.m. to file a complaint,” those in attendance to contact the RCMP.
said Mayor Pasychny. The noise complaint
When asked what the town can do alleviate
particular he addressed noise complaints.
and agents in our area. Despite the town enacting bylaws that bylaw is in effect 24 hours per day and was concerns and provide enforcement of the The Edson Midget Blades and the Athabasca Winter Hawks sported pink hockey tape and pink laces as they faced off
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Like use of basement suites, enforcement is still a attendance were told. Mayor Pasychny said, “Regardless of how Cancer Support group and the Canadian Cancer Society. submitted
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See pictures and story on page 10. Photo Adrienne Tait
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