A Parksville four-plex that was recently the scene of a drug bust in July has been declared a nuisance property by city council.
At its regular council meeting on Aug. 8, council unanimously passed motions to declare 354 Island Hwy West a nuisance property. The property owner has been directed to abate all nuisance activities within 30 calendar days of council’s declaration. With a nuisance property, the city is able to recoup some of the costs associated with RCMP, bylaw enforcement staff, fire departments staff, vehicles and other city-owned equipment required to respond to any future complaints at the property.
The four-plex at 354 Island Hwy West was part of a drug bust on July 10, according to Oceanside RCMP. It was reported that police arrested three men during the course of a search of two units at the suspected drug house in Parksville.
During Wednesday’s council meeting, three nearby residents complained to council about the issues with 354 Island Hwy. West. The owner of the property, Brian Reimer, also spoke as a delegation to council.
Reimer, who lives in Nanoose Bay, apologized to council before saying he didn’t know it was a nuisance property. Reimer also said he’d been “lax” about checking the suites.
Following the drug bust, Reimer said he had a meeting with Oceanside RCMP.
“I was shocked at the amount of police involvement with this property,” said Reimer.
Coun. Mary Beil said she was “somewhat surprised” to hear that Reimer didn’t realize how bad the issues were considering he lives in Nanoose Bay.
A report from Keeva Kehler, director of administrative services, also says Parksville Volunteer Fire Department records show the department has responded to four incidents at this property since August, 2016, including a structure fire, an open-burning complaint, a false alarm and a medical response. RCMP records also show the detachment has attended the property 86 times since 2007 with 18 incidents in 2018 to date.
Kehler said that while the report was written on July 20, there was an incident on Aug. 1. She said Reimer alluded to a death on the property “which was the result of an overdose” that required the attendance of PVFD, RCMP, BC Ambulance Service and bylaw officers.
“Just for that one incident alone, if this property had been declared a nuisance property already we would be levying $858 to the property owner.”
She also said that declaring the property a nuisance “actually has no financial implications if the nuisance ceases.”