One more noise complaint and the municipality will seek a court injunction against Paul Fournier.
Bylaw Superintendent Calvin Logue sought authorization from council for an immediate court injunction Tuesday. Logue told council Fournier's neighbours in Alpine Meadows have shown a lot of patience over the past three years, a period during which Fournier has been charged at least 14 times with violating municipal noise bylaws. He has been convicted on five accounts; six other charges are waiting to go to court.
However, Mayor Ted Nebbeling suggested Fournier be given one more chance, but if a legitimate complaint is filed the municipality will apply immediately for an injunction. If granted, it would be up to the Supreme Court to determine punishment.
Nebbeling's recommendation did not pass without considerable debate, including charges from an angry Fournier.
"It's ridiculous, there are parties all around me. I don't have parties at my place," Fournier yelled. "Lots of other neighbours have parties — the noise comes from them.
Fournier said all the complaints were coming from one person.
"I feel there's a great injustice being done. It's no secret I don't get along with Mr. Logue."
Bob Morris, noting that neighbours have lived with Fournier's disturbances for three years, sought clarification from council on what constitutes a "legitimate" noise complaint. He was told that would be left up to the Bylaw Department.
Fournier suggested the Bylaw Department has a grudge against him.