McWhirter’s Lane home owner trying to comply with order

Diane Crocker
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The City of Corner Brook has issued an order on this McWhirter’s Lane home directing the owner to either remediate or demolish.

CORNER BROOK — Even though the city could have a burned out McWhirter’s Lane home demolished, Paul Barnable said it’s possible the owner could come up with a solution to the issue.

Barnable, the city’s director of community services, was referring to the home at 6 McWhirter’s Lane that has been the focus of attention since over 200 cats were removed from it in late May.

The home was extensively damaged by fire in August. Barnable said it was the fire that started the process the city is now involved in in dealing with the problem property.

He said the owner has been in contact with the city and is sensitive to what is going on and has indicated he is trying to come up with a way to comply with an order issued on Nov. 8 to remediate or demolish the home.

The order, confirmed by city council during its regular meeting Monday night, follows an earlier directive asking the home owner to do the same. That expired on Nov. 3.

Barnable said city staff conducted a visual inspection of the property on Nov. 5

“Which confirmed that nothing had been done with regards to demolition or remediation of the property as was requested or asked for in the directive,” Barnable said.

This prompted the city to issue the order which gives the home owner until Dec. 21 to comply.

 If he doesn’t it says the city may carry out demolition of the dwelling and recover the cost as a civil debt as allowable under the Occupancy and Maintenance Regulations.

“While the Act says that, in all likelihood what we would do is go to court and have the judge basically give the city authorization to carry it through,” said Barnable.

In the meantime, if the home owner comes up with a satisfactory plan, Barnable said the time period to comply with the order could be extended.

The order states the home owner has 14 days from receipt to appeal it, Barnable said that time period will actually be 30 days.

He said that is because of an overlap in the legislation the city is dealing with on the issue.

If the city takes the issue to court, Barnable said the time frame for resolution depends on the court system.

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  • Keith Cormier
    November 21, 2012 - 19:24

    I live across the street from this property. I am surprised that anyone thinks it is perfectly safe to live 50 ft. away from a house that is full of cat shit and god knows what else. I have the pictures and this property is not good for our health and I expect next to see the rats showing up.

  • jon
    November 21, 2012 - 14:43

    I agree with you "mummer" . Won't be long until the next election anyways, hopefully everyone remembers their antics.

  • Keith
    November 21, 2012 - 10:10

    It is always the same we give these people a little authority and it goes to their heads. Mummer is right in saying clean up your own house first Mr Greely before you start to come down on someone else. Perhaps the money spent on a new city hall could have gone towards cleaning up your city a bit. Perhaps even hiring back the fire fighters you laid off because of no money in the budget. Rent the downstairs of the new city hall and hire these fire fighters back and you would actually be doing something for the people of Corner Brook.

  • mummer
    November 21, 2012 - 09:57

    There seems to be a mad rush to have this home wiped off the face of the earth by the city with no leeway given to a person who has fallen on hard times. O n Broadway there are ugly boarded up burnt out buildings that been there for years , why the different standard.