Corner Brook to clean up Farmdale Road property

Published on September 13, 2017

The City of Corner Brook will be cleaning up this property at 10 Farmdale Rd. after its owner failed to comply with a court order to do so.

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From the road it doesn’t even look like two properties, and the travel trailer that sits among the unkempt grass could belong to those in the house next to it.

But tacked to the utility pole at the front of the property is a small wooden sign with the number 10 on it, the only indication that it is its own distinct lot.

After dealing with complaints about the condition of 10 Farmdale Rd. since June 2016, and a failure by the owner to clean it up, the City of Corner Brook is taking the matter into its own hands.

Owner Trevor Fred McLeod had been ordered by the provincial court in January to remove all items on the property and to not place any items there without permits from the city. The order came after he was convicted of offences under Section 106 of the Urban and Rural Planning Act related to the condition of the property.

McLeod has failed to comply with the order and so, during Monday’s council meeting, it was approved that the city would execute the cleanup and remove all items that contribute to the untidy appearance of the property.

Council set a limit of $2,000 on the cost of the cleanup. The city will pay for the associated work and expects that based on the lack of co-operation from McLeod to date that recovery of the cost will involve further legal against him.

While the order was issued in January the city could not act on it until recently.

McLeod had been bound by an undertaking issued by the provincial court on June 30, 2016 at the time and the order stated the 60 days to comply started with the expiration of the undertaking or when a condition of it was removed or varied.

Todd Flynn, the city’s director of protective services, said in an email that the requirements of the undertaking ended when the provincial court placed McLeod on probation on June 5. He said McLeod had 60 days from then to comply and failed to do so.

That sentence was related to a charge of causing a disturbance in May 2016 laid following an incident with the neighbours with whom he shares a driveway. He was found guilty at trial of that charge, but also pled guilty to a charge of breaching an undertaking after cutting branches off a tree on the neighbour’s property while bound to stay away from their property.

The city expects to complete the cleanup within the next 30 days.