In an effort to better manage complaints between warring neighbours, on a whole host of issues ranging from fencing disputes, to unkept lawns, to everything in between, the city has approved hiring a mediation firm from Kitchener-Waterloo to help manage the problem.
The move is intended to free up the time of city by-law enforcement staff who otherwise find themselves spending time dealing with such issues. Clr. Farr, for one, supported the move, citing the fact that he has been spending time doing the same and, at times feeling as though he is stepping outside his role of Councillor.
The city says that hiring an outside mediation firm is more cost effective and brings with it and unbiased view.
Do you agree with this approach? Why or why not?