Garage dust-up

Gary Kean
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Humber Road homeowner charged as run-down building removed

CORNER BROOK  A man frustrated that the City of Corner Brook was demolishing his garage Thursday morning now has two criminal charges against him.

Workers demolished a garage at this Humber Road property Thursday morning. The garage was ordered to be removed by the City of Corner Brook and the owner of the property was arrested when he confronted municipal enforcement officers on the scene.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary had to be called around 9 a.m. to assist municipal enforcement officers dealing with the unidentified man, who owns the property at 40 Humber Rd.

The 54-year-old homeowner had to be restrained by the RNC officers and was subsequently arrested. He was charged with obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest.

According to the City of Corner Brook, the detached garage on the man’s property had become dilapidated in recent years.

On March 27, 2012, the property owner was convicted in provincial court of a breach of Section 5 of the Occupancy and Maintenance Regulations. That legislation, which comes under the provincial Urban and Rural Planning Act, states that such a structure “shall be maintained in a state of good condition and repair.”

Following that conviction, the property owner still never complied with the previous order. A subsequent order was issued on Sept. 17, 2012.    

On Jan. 16 of this year, the homeowner was advised that, due to non-compliance with the order, city officials would take action to have the shed demolished on or about Feb. 20.

A contractor was retained Thursday and the shed was demolished to comply with the order.

The man was released from police custody later in the day and will appear in provincial court at a later date.

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Geographic location: Humber Road, Corner Brook

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Recent comments

  • chad
    March 12, 2013 - 13:45

    The detacted garge had become dilapidated in recent years???? Try the last 20 years. It looked the same before they tore it down as it did when i was a little boy. Corner brook a funny place.

  • Keith Cormier
    March 03, 2013 - 18:23

    Good question there Mr. Ed A. I feel if the shed was not directly on Humber Road but on one of the side streets in the Humber Road area it probably would never would have attracted the attention of city hall. The CAT house is still there in all its glory, full of rotting cat feces and who knows what else. Sad but true.

  • Ed. A.
    March 01, 2013 - 11:43

    when are they going to do that to the CAT house? or is that different?

  • Kevin
    March 01, 2013 - 09:22

    Maybe he now has received the message. You are responsible for the condition of your property and the safety of others. This situation has been ongoing for over a year, he has been given lots of notice including 45 days ago. Having a hard ass attitude and ignoring the law was bad enough. He now has to pay for the demolition, which will cost more than taking it down himself, he has charges against him and the shed is still down. I am sure that his neighbours aren't sorry to see the eyesore go.