Albion Falls bylaw patrols resume

News Apr 04, 2018 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Bylaw officers are back at Albion Falls and will be there until the fall.

Three trespassing tickets were issued over the Easter weekend and March 24-25 weekend, said Kelly Barnett of the city’s bylaw department.

The goal is not to issue tickets, but rather to ensure safety, said Barnett.

“Given the past incidents, the city is dedicated to putting in the appropriate resources to step up awareness of the dangers of climbing in the waterfall area,” she said in an email.

Last summer, following two accidental deaths in less than 12 months and numerous rescue calls to the east Mountain natural area, the city erected fencing and stationed officers at the site to keep people out of the gorge.

The city said more than 49,000 people visited Albion Falls between July 17 and Oct. 9 — an average of more than 4,000 per week, about 85 per cent of them on weekends. During that time, 162 people were ticketed for trespassing and 542 vehicles were tagged for parking violations.

While there is now no legal way to access to the bottom of the falls, the city is working on a plan to install a staircase and viewing platform on the south side of the falls to give visitors a closer view.

Barnett said four bylaw officers are currently working weekends, two shifts each day with two officers per shift. They will also check the site during the week.

Full-time officers are currently being deployed; student officers will start to train on April 30 and start patrolling once their training is completed.

Albion Falls bylaw patrols resume

Three trespassing charges laid in first two weekends

News Apr 04, 2018 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Bylaw officers are back at Albion Falls and will be there until the fall.

Three trespassing tickets were issued over the Easter weekend and March 24-25 weekend, said Kelly Barnett of the city’s bylaw department.

The goal is not to issue tickets, but rather to ensure safety, said Barnett.

“Given the past incidents, the city is dedicated to putting in the appropriate resources to step up awareness of the dangers of climbing in the waterfall area,” she said in an email.

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Last summer, following two accidental deaths in less than 12 months and numerous rescue calls to the east Mountain natural area, the city erected fencing and stationed officers at the site to keep people out of the gorge.

The city said more than 49,000 people visited Albion Falls between July 17 and Oct. 9 — an average of more than 4,000 per week, about 85 per cent of them on weekends. During that time, 162 people were ticketed for trespassing and 542 vehicles were tagged for parking violations.

While there is now no legal way to access to the bottom of the falls, the city is working on a plan to install a staircase and viewing platform on the south side of the falls to give visitors a closer view.

Barnett said four bylaw officers are currently working weekends, two shifts each day with two officers per shift. They will also check the site during the week.

Full-time officers are currently being deployed; student officers will start to train on April 30 and start patrolling once their training is completed.

Albion Falls bylaw patrols resume

Three trespassing charges laid in first two weekends

News Apr 04, 2018 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Bylaw officers are back at Albion Falls and will be there until the fall.

Three trespassing tickets were issued over the Easter weekend and March 24-25 weekend, said Kelly Barnett of the city’s bylaw department.

The goal is not to issue tickets, but rather to ensure safety, said Barnett.

“Given the past incidents, the city is dedicated to putting in the appropriate resources to step up awareness of the dangers of climbing in the waterfall area,” she said in an email.

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Last summer, following two accidental deaths in less than 12 months and numerous rescue calls to the east Mountain natural area, the city erected fencing and stationed officers at the site to keep people out of the gorge.

The city said more than 49,000 people visited Albion Falls between July 17 and Oct. 9 — an average of more than 4,000 per week, about 85 per cent of them on weekends. During that time, 162 people were ticketed for trespassing and 542 vehicles were tagged for parking violations.

While there is now no legal way to access to the bottom of the falls, the city is working on a plan to install a staircase and viewing platform on the south side of the falls to give visitors a closer view.

Barnett said four bylaw officers are currently working weekends, two shifts each day with two officers per shift. They will also check the site during the week.

Full-time officers are currently being deployed; student officers will start to train on April 30 and start patrolling once their training is completed.