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Council defers making decision on Condill demolition for second time

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council has once again deferred making a decision on whether to increase the budget to demolish the Condill Hotel by over $650,000.

Back on January 22nd, Council received a report to increase the budget for the hotel’s demolition after contractor NAPP Enterprises Ltd. found that the extent of asbestos contamination inside the building was much higher than originally assessed. NAPP said the additional contamination would require increasing the demolition budget by $636,837.14, and adding 14 weeks to the demolition schedule. Council deferred a decision and passed a motion for the City to seek legal counsel on the initial hazmat assessment.

The City scheduled an open special meeting Monday morning for Council to make a decision after receiving legal advice on Friday. However, Council instead tabled the motion to increase the budget once again after not being able to move to a closed meeting, since Councillor Gord Klassen was not present.

The option to move to a closed meeting was not included in today’s agenda, though Council is allowed to waive the process to give notice to move to a closed meeting, though that requires unanimous approval from all councillors. Councillor Klassen was unreachable due to being in transit to a conference in Fort Nelson.

Mayor Lori Ackerman declined to comment on the deferral, saying that there was nothing to comment on since nothing was discussed. The report from staff to increase the Condill’s demolition budget will likely be included in the regular meeting scheduled for Monday, February 26th.

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