Date set for stop-work order appeal
Clarke’s Beach residents gear up for hearing
The Eastern Regional Appeal Board has set the date for a hearing involving a dispute between a Clarke’s Beach resident and the owner of an RV park.
Ernie Mugford owns MountainView RV Park, and Mildred Snow lives on Park Avenue, adjacent to the park. Mugford received the notice in the mail on Wednesday, June 29, following the recent Canada Post strike. The letter is signed by board secretary Robert Cotter.
The roots of the dispute go back to April 19, when Mugford received permission from the town to carry out a 50-site expansion of his park.
Snow made an impassioned plea to council during a meeting in May, arguing the project was disrupting her quality of life.
Then, on June 2, she used her car to temporarily block Park Avenue because of her frustration with the amount of heavy equipment using the narrow, winding residential street.
Snow also registered a complaint with the Department of Municipal Affairs, which issued a stop-work order on June 3.
The hearing will take place at the Comfort Inn in St. John’s at 10 a. m. on Friday, July 8.
‘ Wonderful news’
“ This is wonderful news,” Mugford saidlast week.
He’s confident the matter will be tossed out.
“ It has to be. It can’t be any other way,” he insisted.
Mugford is anticipating resuming work on his park extension on Monday, July 11, three days after the scheduled hearing.
‘Against the law’
According to Mugford’s understanding, the board has a “ 14-day legislative window” to hear the appeal, he said. Because the stopwork order was granted 45 days after the town approved the exten- sion, “ it’s against the law” to even hear the appeal, he stated.
“ If ( government) can hear it at 45 days, they can hear it in 10 years,” he said.
Meanwhile, if the board decides to entertain the appeal by Snow, Mugford knows what his next step will be.
“ Then ( government) opens themselves up for a lawsuit,” he said.
He said he has already instructed his lawyer to “ take whatever means necessary when the time comes.”
If the stop-work order remains in place, Mugford said he will experience significant business losses, considering the large number of campers he’s expecting at his park
Mug ford said he’s poised to “spend a fair chunk of money to regain those losses.”
He concluded, “ I’m fed up with this. I’ve been 20 years battling crap in Clarke’s Beach.”
The Eastern Regional Appeal Board, which comes under the department of Municipal Affairs, hears appeals by aggrieved persons relating to an authority’s decision to refuse or add conditions to a permit, and issue an order or a permit.
Snow could not be reached for comment.