CBRM meets with land­lords over in­spec­tions

Cape Breton Post - - News - BY GREG MCNEIL CAPE BRE­TON POST gm­c­neil@cb­post.com

SYD­NEY — Fu­ture en­force­ment of ex­ist­ing leg­is­la­tion was the sub­ject of a meet­ing be­tween in­vest­ment prop­erty own­ers and the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity this week.

At is­sue was the lengthy process of en­sur­ing lo­cal res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties com­ply with the pro­vin­cial Fire Safety Act, which CBRM build­ings and by­laws of­fi­cials will be­gin en­forc­ing within the next two years.

“We wanted to ex­plain to them the leg­is­la­tion and how it works,” said Rick Fraser, man­ager of build­ings and by­laws.

“Hope­fully by do­ing that we’ll cre­ate some aware­ness and they may look at their prop­erty and say ‘we prob­a­bly should be get­ting rid of th­ese ex­ten­sion chords, and maybe I should fix the door to my fur­nace room’ be­fore we even get there.”

Fraser said life safety items will be given pri­or­ity when in­spec­tions be­gin.

“For ex­am­ple if a build­ing re­quired a sec­ond exit and didn’t have a sec­ond exit that would be the first thing we would want them to work on.”

Con­sid­er­a­tion will be given to the age of build­ings, as well.

“Some­times the build­ings were built un­der dif­fer­ent codes and they don’t com­ply with to­day. As long as there is not an un­safe con­di­tion ex­ist­ing in­side the build­ing, we are OK with that.”

Priscilla Lother­ing­ton, pres­i­dent of the In­vest­ment Prop­erty Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Cape Bre­ton, said a large por­tion of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s 250 mem­bers at­tended the meet­ing at St. Theresa Parish Cen­tre.

Al­though mem­bers didn’t get the spe­cific in­for­ma­tion they were hop­ing for, most were pleased with the meet­ing.

“We got an­swers, but we got very gen­eral an­swers. If some­one was looking to see what they need to do to their prop­erty to keep CBRM happy, we didn’t get that in­for­ma­tion.”

Fraser ex­pects mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials to meet with the as­so­ci­a­tion again be­fore in­spec­tions be­gin.

“We don’t want any sur­prises,” he said. “We want ev­ery­body to be aware and on the same page and work­ing to­gether.”

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