Let commissionaires patrol our run-down buildings

If building owners had to pay fines, situation would be much different

Re: Derelict buildings a sad sign (Simon Natrass, June 28)

In the column on derelict buildings I do not accept that there is nothing city bylaw inspectors can do.

I think the wrong people are in charge of monitoring them.

There are too many parking commissionaires downtown and I have watched some of them spend a few minutes on a car measuring the distance to the curb and sighting whether the bumper goes past the line of the meter to see if there is any way they can give out a ticket.

If they change the name of the department to parking and derelict buildings, the owners will soon be standing in line at city hall to get a permit to fix their buildings.

John Hopper

Oak Bay