West Nipissing, there’s a new by-law officer in town.
Take heed, scofflaws and by-law breakers, the Municipality of West Nipissing has appointed Denis Marleau to serve as its new by-law officer.
Marleau will join Patrick Rainville, a former police officer with the West Nipissing Police Services. Rainville was appointed a municipal by-law officer in early April of 2023. Rainville is full-time, whereas Marleau is filling what the Municipality calls “a half position,” a part-time role to help enforce those laws.
“I’d like to congratulate Mr. Marleau,” Mayor Kathleen Thorne Rochon said during council’s appointment of the new officer. “Welcome to the team.”
Having a second by-law officer to augment enforcement is a big deal, the mayor emphasized, as before this council was sworn in after the 2022 election, the municipality had no by-law officers. Not a one.
“I’m really proud of this council,” the mayor said, “because when we got here just over a year ago we had zero by-law officers in place, and now we have two very competent individuals serving the municipality for us.”
“I think that’s a great step.”
With two by-law officers on the beat, hone up on West Nipissing’s by-laws by visiting the municipal by-law enforcement services page. You can also call 705-753-2250 if you want information, or care to submit a concern.
David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of BayToday, a publication of Village Media. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.