Town gives fire family 10 days to clear out of trailer
Bassenden vows to 'stay put'
home for a six-month period of time, Bassenden has exceeded the time limit. The letter additionally noted Bassenden has not started 'any reconstruction work on your building.'
'Due to your refusal to respect the regulations, you are summoned by the present letter of demand to proceed to the removal of the mobile home from your property and to the removal of the foundation or the concrete slab and to fill up the hole with soil, in a delay of 10 days from reception of the present letter," the letter stated.
Failure to comply, it noted, would result in further legal proceedings which would be taken against Bassenden at his 'entire cost.'
"I have been negotiating with the Town since February to have the debris removed," Bassenden explained Monday. A request he made to see the two quotes the Town received from contractors for the removal of the debris was met with refusal.
"I just want to see them because there is wrong information... The quote is for a house with a foundation. My house is built on a slab," he said.
The quotes are for a little more than $11,000.
Saint-lazare has offered to pay to have the debris removed and allow Bassenden, who is suing the Town and his insurance provider, to pay them back without incurring any interest charges.
Geneviève Hamel, Saint-lazare communication director, said the town’s municipal council decided to go ahead with the legal letter when Bassenden refused both offers to have his property cleaned up.
"He refused the offer and brought a counter-offer," Hamel commented Monday afternoon, adding the Town’s lawyers advised council to refuse the counter proposal.
Hamel says the family now has 10 days to vacate the trailer and have the debris removed. If the legal conditions are not met, the next step would be to "get the courts involved."
For his part, Bassenden says he does not understand why the Town wants himself, his wife, Joni Malley, his daughter and granddaughter to leave the trailer.
"We did everything they asked us to do to get our living conditions up to their requirements and now they’re telling us we have to leave," he said.
The family, which relies on Malley’s income alone since Bassenden and his adult daughter do not work, says it has nowhere else to go.