Government should pay
Coombs says the situation could cost the town about $68,000 to address and he wants government to pony up.
“ I don’t think the taxpayers in Harbour Grace should have to fork out one red cent for any of this,” he says. “ Look, four government departments came here and closed this business down and as far as I am concerned they walked away and left council holding the bag. They had to have known this would come back on council. In my opinion they started this and they should have to come up with the money to cover it. The money to pay for the building being torn down should come from those four government departments.”
In the meantime Coombs says they are doing what they can to secure the building.
“ It’s an eyesore, but worse than that it’s a death trap. We’re worried about a fire being started or someone getting hurt or killed,” he says.