Cultus Lake Park Board

Bylaw Fines Have Increased

We know that many people may find bylaws (and more specifically, bylaw enforcement) frustrating. No one wants to receive a fine, but sometimes they are a necessity.

Cultus Lake Park fines for bylaw infractions have increased. They are now up to $2,000 per infraction.

Bylaws are in place for the control, management, maintenance, use and enjoyment of Cultus Lake Park by all. They support the safety and security of residents and visitors.

It may come as a surprise, but the Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement Officers don’t want to fine you. In fact, they want you to comply with the bylaws. It’s even in their title. They are trained to help educate the community about the bylaws.

Whether it is keeping your dog on a leash, not smoking, refraining from consuming alcohol in public areas, or keeping laneways adjacent to residential or business lots clear and maintained – bylaws are in place for the good of the community.

If you have questions about bylaws or would just like to come by for a cup of coffee and a chat, Cultus Lake Park has an open door policy. We would love to see you. If you would prefer to email us, that works too. Our email is: info@cultuslake.bc.ca.  

Please adhere to the bylaws – you can find them here. We will also be putting up a series of posters that highlight bylaws that are broken more often than others – and we’ll be sharing a few blog posts on them here.

Adhering to bylaws is the responsibility of everyone in the community.

Cultus Lake Park Bylaw Fines Increased

Cultus Lake, B.C. – The Cultus Lake Park Act was amended by the Provincial Government of British Columbia in the spring of 2019. One of the many changes approved by the Province is an increase in fines for bylaw infractions. The amount has increased to a maximum of up to $2,000, from the previous $50 – which had been in place since the 1930s.

Cultus Lake Park staff reviewed the bylaw fines in other municipalities to ensure that the Park’s fines would be comparable. Staff then submitted the recommendations to the Board, which reviewed the changes and voted to increase the fines, which are now in full effect. The revised bylaws can be found at https://www.cultuslake.bc.ca/bylaws/. The Board encourages everyone who lives, works and visits Cultus Lake Park to take the time to review the bylaws and ensure that they adhere to them while in the Park.

The Cultus Lake Park bylaw compliance and enforcement officers and staff are committed to helping to educate the community on the bylaws. They understand that some people may not realize that they are breaking a bylaw. A bylaw compliance and enforcement officer’s first response, where possible, is to inform the person of the infraction so that they can immediately make adjustments to comply with the bylaw.

Said Joe Lamb, Cultus Lake Park Board Chair: “We want our community and visitors to the Park to be safe. Bylaws help to do that.” He added: “The bylaw compliance and enforcement officers don’t want to give out tickets that result in fines. No one – including the Board and staff – wants this. The increased fines are in place as a deterrent to bad behaviour – behaviour that could put the safety or security of people or property at risk.”

For those who feel that they have received a fine that is unwarranted and want to dispute the ticket, information can be found here: http://fvbylaw.ca/.

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Who You Gonna Call?

You may have seen the posters around Cultus Lake Park about when to call Police and when to call Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement. This blog post shares additional information about this topic – information to help keep the people who live, work and play in Cultus Lake Park safe, and to ensure that the call goes to the right place when made.

Call 911 in a Police Emergency

When there is a situation that involves an immediate threat to a person’s safety or the security of their property. This includes:

  • Events that involve an immediate threat to a person or property: screams, attacks, gunshots, fires, car accidents with injuries, or other medical emergencies.
  • A substantive, in-progress crime such as a fight, break and enter (if there is a suspect on scene), or a report of an impaired driver.
  • A serious crime that has just occurred (examples: sexual assault or robbery).
  • A suspicious circumstance that may indicate an imminent criminal act (examples: prowler, vandal).

Call (604) 792-4611 for Non-Emergency Police Situations

Call this number when you want to report:

  • A crime with no suspect.
  • A crime with a suspect, but the suspect is not on the scene.
  • A serious crime with a suspect, but with a lengthy delay (example: assault that occurred last night).
  • A non-emergency is in progress (example: noisy party).
  • Ongoing crime issues or crimes that are not in-progress (examples: graffiti or ongoing drug dealing with no suspect on the scene).
  • A suspicious circumstance that may indicate an ongoing criminal activity (example: suspected drug lab).

When to Call Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement

The Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement Officers enforce the bylaws of Cultus Lake Park. They are NOT police or security.

Please call Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement when:

  • There is a situation where a bylaw is being broken.
  • You have a question about a bylaw.

It is important to note that Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement Officers do NOT handle emergency situations. A bylaw being broken is NOT an emergency – as frustrating as it can be. If the person is putting themselves or someone else at risk, please call 911.

The Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement number is: (604) 858-5298.

Voicemails left outside of office hours will be returned within 48 hours.

Trees! Trees! Trees!

For those paying attention, you may have noticed that there are quite a few more trees at the Cultus Lake Park waterfront. In fact, 12 new, beautiful trees have been planted (three gingko, two dawn redwood, six maple and one dogwood).

This project, led by the Environmental and Public Area’s Planning Committee of the Cultus Lake Board – which is chaired by Cultus Lake Park Board Commissioner Darcy Bauer and vice chaired by Commissioner Larry Payeur – involved Park staff, committee members and residents working together towards the replacement of the old trees along the shoreline and restoration of the lost canopy.  

The trees were selected to provide shade in summer, colour in the fall, and, because they lose their leaves, they will help to maximize winter light. These will be tall trees, and each will have its branches pruned up as they grow. This will allow for open space underneath so that they won’t have too much of an impact on the amazing views of Cultus Lake.  

Native and beneficial plants were planted under the trees to support the trees’ growth and have been mulched to retain moisture and reduce weeds. Residents have adopted the trees and are committed to keeping them watered.

The Cultus Lake Park Board, along with donations from residents, funded this project.

Here’s a fun tree fact from the Environmental and Public Area’s Planning Committee:  Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

Community Policing Now in Effect

Community Policing at Cultus Lake Park is a joint venture between the Cultus Lake Park Board, the City of Chilliwack and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

This was done to establish Community Policing at Cultus Lake Park over the busy summer months. This means that RCMP officers will be stationed at the Park from the May long weekend to the end of the September long weekend, providing law enforcement coverage during the Park’s busiest season. The officers will be deployed from the new Community Policing Office, located in the Visitor Services Centre at the Park – across the parking lot from the Cultus Lake Park Office. Community Policing is in addition to the current RCMP boat patrols.

In the off-season, normal RCMP coverage will continue. The Park will reimburse the City 100% of the costs for RCMP members to perform dedicated policing services during the summer months.

Said Cultus Lake Park Board Chair Joe Lamb: “This is an important initiative for Cultus Lake Park. The community told the Board that increased security was a priority and, as a result, the Board and staff undertook an in-depth review of how we could do better in this area and Community Policing was identified as the strongest solution – by far.”

The official opening of the Community Policing Office had brief speeches by Chair Lamb, City of Chilliwack Mayor Ken Popove, and RCMP Superintendent Bryon Massie. Many members of the community attended the event.

After Chair Lamb, Mayor Popove, Superintendent Massie, and Cultus Lake Park Chief Administrative Officer Bonny Bryant did a ceremonial cutting of a ribbon to officially open the Community Policing Office, refreshments were served. Said Chair Lamb: “It is an exciting day for Cultus Lake Park, and it was great to see so many community members who came to the official launch of our Community Policing.” He added: “This is a positive change for our community and it has happened because the Cultus Lake Park Board and our leaseholders – residential and business – worked together to find an effective solution to a challenge. Community Policing is yet another success story of how this Board works with the people of Cultus Lake Park. It is an exciting new initiative and we are very proud of it.”

Please click here for more information on the Community Policing agreement between Cultus Lake Park, the City of Chilliwack and the RCMP. 

Message from Joe Lamb Chair, Cultus Lake Park Board

As many of you know, the Cultus Lake Park Board members are all residential leaseholders at Cultus Lake Park. Like you, we are concerned about the recent criminal activity of cars and homes being broken into in our community.

The Board and staff are taking this situation very seriously. As a result, we have increased security in the Park this weekend. In addition, on May 13, Community Policing begins in Cultus Lake Park. This will increase security in the Park. You can read more about the Community Policing initiative here.

This challenge is not unique to Cultus Lake Park. I have been told by several people that other communities in the area are also seeing an increase in break-ins.

The new Cultus Lake Park Community Policing initiative will increase security in our community – and that is positive step. It is also important for each of us to increase our vigilance.

I looked for some tips to increase security around our homes and vehicles and wanted to share them with you. They are:

  • Remove valuables from your vehicle and lock the doors;
  • Set the car and house alarms at night;
  • If you have motion sensor lights outside your home, make sure that they are on. If you do not have them, consider installing them;
  • Close and lock all exterior doors of your home;
  • Close and lock all windows of your home;
  • Do not leave valuables unattended on your patio or deck; and
  • Put up a sign warning that the area is under video surveillance.

The Board sees the increase in crime as a serious issue and it is a priority for us. We are confident that the new Community Policing initiative will help in this area and we will continue to monitor the situation closely.

As a community, it is important that we work together to address the security challenges as we move into the summer months. We appreciate your awareness and vigilance in this area – and as a Board, we will continue to address the situation and to communicate with you about it.

Sincerely,

Joe Lamb, Chair, Cultus Lake Park Board


 [MOU1]LINK https://www.cultuslake.bc.ca/2019/03/06/community-policing-agreement-inked-with-clp-city-of-chilliwack-and-rcmp/

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