Council to discuss Condill legal advice during in-camera meeting this afternoon

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council will be holding a closed-door meeting this afternoon to discuss legal advice the City received regarding the tender process for the Condill Hotel’s demolition ahead of an open meeting where councillors are expected to make a decision about whether or not to increase the demolition budget.

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.

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Councillors met at a special open meeting on February 19th to make a decision after receiving legal advice the previous 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.

A Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for this afternoon at 1:00 p.m., with the only agenda item for council to move to an in-camera meeting. The open council meeting, when the final decision on whether or not to increase the Condill’s demolition budget, is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m.

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