Lincoln resident sentenced under Unsightly Premises Act (09/03/02)

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March 2, 2009

BURTON (CNB) - A Lincoln-area man has been fined $460 and placed on probation for one year after pleading guilty in provincial court here to violating the Unsightly Premises Act.

The Department of Environment had charged Calvin Smallman of 8 William St., Lincoln, with failing to comply with a notice issued to him under the act.

During 2008, the Smallman property was found to be in violation of the act as the result of the accumulation of scrap metal and debris. Smallman was served with a notice to clean up the property by Oct. 24, 2008. An inspection on Oct. 27, 2008, determined that Smallman had not complied.

Judge Patricia Cumming imposed the sentence. The probation order requires Smallman to comply with the terms of the Unsightly Premises Act notice by May 31. A similar charge against Heather Smallman, Calvin Smallman's wife, was withdrawn.

Environment Minister Roland Haché encourages all New Brunswickers to be responsible stewards of the environment; and to report any infraction of environmental regulations in the province.

The Unsightly Premises Act prohibits persons from allowing their premises to become unsightly by permitting rubbish and discarded material to accumulate on their property; or by allowing a building to become a safety hazard. The act provides for notices to owners, and it outlines enforcement procedures. It also contains siting standards for salvage yards.


MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.