A08 • Saturday, October 9, 2010 • The Record
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Apartment building responds to concerns Royal Avenue building has worked with city to deal with safety, pest problems
BY THERESA MCMANUS REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
A problematic apartment building is making an effort to clean up its act. In July, staff presented city council with a report about serious concerns about crime, nuisances and bylaw violations associated with the apartment at 101 Royal Ave. At the time, the city’s housing integrated service team had designated it as its highest priority and had implemented a number of actions to deal with the building. “The property owner has been cooperative with staff during the past three months and implemented a number of measures to improve the supervision, management and maintenance of the property,” said a followup staff report to council. Some of the actions undertaken at the building include evicting a number of problematic tenants, installing security cameras to monitor common areas such
as the lobby and hallways, having a professional pest control company address infestations of pests in the building and having contractors address fire safety and maintenance deficiencies. The police service has stated the improvements have “drastically reduced policing concerns and calls for service” to the building, noted the staff report. Only one nuisance call has been generated since Aug. 1. Coun. Bob Osterman said the city has had a lot of success with the building, something he attributes to the strength of its housing integrated service team and the efforts of Keith Coueffin, the city’s manager of licensing and integrated services. “They put a lot of effort into this,” he said. “I am quite pleased. It shows an incredible improvement. It doesn’t mean they are off our radar.” A staff report stated that the city will continue to monitor the property to ensure it continues to be maintained and operated appropriately. Osterman said the city’s preference is to seek remedies for problematic buildings, rather that taking drastic action such as revoking business licences. www.twitter.com/TheresaMcManus
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less New Westminster residents keep food on their family tables, say they are having the same problem. “While donations from generous individuals and organizations have remained fairly consistent, lineups at food depots and at partnering agencies have increased by an average of 10 per cent from the previous year, significantly depleting the food supply,” said a message posted on their website. “To make matters worse, food stock at the GVFBS warehouse has decreased by an astonishing 10,000 pounds from this time last year.” The non-profit society currently collects and distributes food for up to 25‚000 people a week through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies in Metro Vancouver. If not having to worry about where your next meal will come from is something you have to be thankful for, please consider donating time, food and/or financial assistance to local food service providers. For the Salvation Army, visit or www.sal vationarmy.ca or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY; for the food bank, visit www.foodbank.bc.ca or call 604-876-3601.
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