City coun­cil caught up in for­mal­ity of ap­pealed de­vel­op­ment

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - GARY KEAN [email protected]­ern­ Twit­ter: WS_GaryKean

COR­NER BROOK – The con­trac­tor build­ing the new Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Land Re­sources build­ing in Cor­ner Brook may still have to pay fines levied against it by the city, de­spite the re­vo­ca­tion of the stop-work or­der it’s ac­cused of vi­o­lat­ing.

The city is­sued the stop-work or­der against Ma­rine Contractor­s on March 29 be­cause of an ap­peal filed with the West New­found­land Re­gional Ap­peal Board re­gard­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the build­ing and the sub­di­vi­sion of the property lo­cated at 200 Wheeler’s Rd.

That ap­peal was filed by No­ton En­ter­prises Limited. In a re­cent let­ter sent to lo­cal me­dia, Cor­ner Brook lawyer Graham Wat­ton, who is le­gal coun­sel for the com­pany owned by his wife, said the con­tract to con­struct and lease back the build­ing to the pro­vin­cial govern­ment was is­sued in vi­o­la­tion of pro­vin­cial pub­lic pro­cure­ment leg­is­la­tion.

Be­cause the ap­peal had been filed, the City of Cor­ner Brook was ob­li­gated un­der the Ur­ban and Ru­ral Plan­ning Act to is­sue the stop-work or­der, pend­ing the out­come of the ap­peal.

How­ever, the West New­found­land Re­gional Ap­peal Board has since deemed that the grounds for the ap­peal were out­side of its ju­ris­dic­tion.

Dur­ing the May 8 pub­lic meet­ing of city coun­cil, the city voted to re­voke the stop-work or­der as the or­der had been re­scinded by the city’s Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment and Plan­ning in light of the ap­peal board’s de­ci­sion.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, city staff in­formed coun­cil that the con­trac­tor had con­tin­ued work­ing on the build­ing af­ter the or­der had been is­sued and was be­ing fined on a weekly ba­sis.

Staff in­di­cated the con­trac­tor could ap­peal to the West New­found­land Re­gional Ap­peal Board to de­cide if the city was com­plaint in is­su­ing the stop­work or­der in the first place. Should the board de­cide the stop­work or­der wasn’t is­sued prop­erly, the city would have lit­tle choice but to re­scind the fines.


Work has con­tin­ued on the new Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Land Re­sources build­ing on Wheeler’s Road in Cor­ner Brook, de­spite a stop-work or­der that has now been lifted.

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