City briefs: Kamloops finds new public-works director in Abbotsford

The City of Kamloops has harvested the fertile fields of Abbotsford to land its new director of public works.

Tracy Kyle will take over the position in Kamloops, which was formerly held by David Duckworth, starting Jan. 2, 2013.

Duckworth left the job this fall to become the city's new director of corporate services and community safety, replacing the retiring Len Hrycan.

Kyle has served as Abbotsford's director of water and solid waste for five years and has nearly 20 years of experience in municipal engineering.


Dog-variance permit waiver ending soon

Time is running out to apply for a free three-dog variance permit from the City of Kamloops.

Under city bylaws, households are allowed have a maximum of two dogs over the age of six months, but pet owners with three pooches can apply for a special variance permit, which normally costs $350.

Earlier this year, council decided to waive the variance fee for 2012 for applicants coming forward on their own or because city staff have discovered they have three dogs licensed at one residence.

Dog owners who end up at council because of animal-control issues aren't eligible for the freebie.

The variance0fee waiver runs until Dec. 31, with the $350 fee coming back into play beginning on Jan. 1, 2013.


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