Masset moves to ban pawn shops

  • Jan. 14, 2009 6:00 a.m.

The village of Masset wants to make sure that no pawn shop ever again opens its doors in town, and will be rewriting a bylaw to prohibit them. Masset council members said Monday night (Jan. 12) that the village office received several complaints and concerns from residents about a Main Street pawn shop, which recently closed. The shop was in business for less than a year, council members said. Deputy mayor Ed Woode raised the issue and suggested that village staff prepare an amendment to Masset’s business licence bylaw banning pawn shops. The other council members present – Andrew Merilees, Stephen Grosse and Ian Edwards – all voted in favour of doing exactly that. The current business licence bylaw does not prohibit any specific type of business, said administrator Trevor Jarvis, but it is somewhat outdated. In other Masset news, council voted to apply for up to $60,000 from Local Motion, a provincial government program, to build a walking path down Northwest Drive connecting up to the new hospital. “It will be the Cadillac of paved walkways if we get it,” Mr. Jarvis said. Council also voted to apply for $18,000 from the Union of BC Municipalities’ community tourism fund for display cabinets and other interior furnishings for the new visitor information centre. The building is about 80 percent complete, said chief financial officer Jo-Ann Brown. Mr. Woode said he would like to see more lighting at the intersection of the causeway and Highway 16, either a street light or a flashing amber light. “Particularly at night, when you come in from the south, it’s black as hell,” he said, adding that the lack of light at that intersection has been raised as an issue several times in the past few months. Mr. Jarvis said he would take a look at the intersection and see what options there are for more lighting.