YORKTON - Each year Council is required to appoint a Pest Control Officer under The Pest Control Act, Weed Inspector under The Weed Control Act and a Municipal Inspector under The Forest Resources Management Act.
At the regular meeting of Yorkton Council Matt Charney, Parks Manager with the city was appointed to all three positions.
Darcy McLeod – Director of Recreation & Community Services, with the city outlined the responsibilities of the three positions;
In accordance with Section 13(1) of The Pest Control Act, a provision is included for the annual appointment of a Pest Control Officer to control pests, as designated in The Pests Declarations Regulations, within the boundaries of the municipality. Designated pests include the Richardson ground squirrel, grasshoppers, the warble fly and the brown rat.
The Weed Inspector of the municipality is responsible for responding to weed control issues as outlined in The Weed Control Act and The Weed Control Regulations. Examples of designated weeds include but are not limited to, scentless chamomile, quack grass and various thistles.
The Forest Resources Management Act appointment is necessary to ensure that the Municipality has someone able to exercise the applicable clauses in the Act, and The Dutch Elm Disease Regulations, 2005. The intent is to limit the spread, and reduce the impact, of Dutch Elm Disease (DED) within our municipality and to further preserve the American Elm population for as long as possible.