Company slaps lien on former Janeway

Rob Antle
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Province says action will not affect plans for long-term care facility

An environmental consulting firm has slapped a six-figure lien on the former Janeway hospital site.

Envirotech Solutions Limited filed the claim for a $237,776 lien against the Department of Transportation and Works and Kelloway Construction Ltd. last month.

Companies use such liens as a way to secure payment for work on construction or repair projects.

Kelloway Construction was awarded a $924,129 contract by the province in December 2007 to demolish the former children's hospital in Pleasantville.

An environmental consulting firm has slapped a six-figure lien on the former Janeway hospital site.

Envirotech Solutions Limited filed the claim for a $237,776 lien against the Department of Transportation and Works and Kelloway Construction Ltd. last month.

Companies use such liens as a way to secure payment for work on construction or repair projects.

Kelloway Construction was awarded a $924,129 contract by the province in December 2007 to demolish the former children's hospital in Pleasantville.

The troubled project fell behind schedule after the contractor and government clashed repeatedly over the presence of asbestos contaminating the site.

The province repeatedly issued safety directives about the site, stopping work at the old Janeway on two separate occasions.

Officials expressed concern that asbestos-containing materials were not removed from the building before demolition began.

Kelloway Construction cited environmental studies it commissioned that supported the contention there was little reason to worry about asbestos contamination there.

Envirotech Solutions was the environmental consultant hired by Kelloway.

But the province hired its own consultants, who expressed concerns about asbestos at the site.

Demolition work began in September 2008. The timeline for the contract's completion has been repeatedly pushed back. In April 2009, the government said the removal of debris from the site should be complete "within weeks."

The Department of Transportation and Works now expects that work to be finished by May 2010.

"The clean-up of the former Janeway Hospital site is in its final stages," departmental spokesman Roger Scaplen said in an e-mail.

"There is some additional remediation work that remains to be completed on a few small areas of the site."

Scaplen said the lien in question relates to a commercial dispute between the contractor for the Janeway demolition and one of its subconcractors.

He said that, by law, a lien cannot be placed against government property.

The province announced last fall that it plans to build a new long-term care facility at the old Janeway site.

But Scaplen said that project will be built on the location of the former Janeway Apartments, which is a separate property from the former Janeway hospital site.

"The dispute in question has no effect whatsoever on this project," Scaplen noted.

Envirotech did not return a Telegram phone message. Kelloway Construction has declined to discuss the Janeway situation in the past.

rantle@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Kelloway Construction, Janeway Hospital, Department of Transportation and Works Envirotech Solutions

Geographic location: Pleasantville

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  • Nasty
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    Danny's gang getting caught up in a world of trouble? Well his department is anyway. Could this be the start of the opening of that can of worms he has hidden so well from the people, time will tell.

  • Stop the Racket
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Corrruption in the Danny Williams ever so popular government??? Not a chance the man is perfect in every way. Hes open honest and transparent. He NEVER hides anything from us. He never holds a grudge against anyone who actually has the nerve to disagree with him. Danny Williams is a saint just like St Patrick. He even has the Green Cool-Aid but only for two more days then its back to the blue stuff.

  • Jimmy Mac
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Unknown to the public, this entire contact between Kelloway's and the government is fraught with corruption on both sides. There should be a serious investigation done on the relationship between Kelloway's and the government on not only this contract but many of the contracts awarded to this company or its other businesses.

  • Nasty
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Danny's gang getting caught up in a world of trouble? Well his department is anyway. Could this be the start of the opening of that can of worms he has hidden so well from the people, time will tell.

  • Stop the Racket
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Corrruption in the Danny Williams ever so popular government??? Not a chance the man is perfect in every way. Hes open honest and transparent. He NEVER hides anything from us. He never holds a grudge against anyone who actually has the nerve to disagree with him. Danny Williams is a saint just like St Patrick. He even has the Green Cool-Aid but only for two more days then its back to the blue stuff.

  • Jimmy Mac
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    Unknown to the public, this entire contact between Kelloway's and the government is fraught with corruption on both sides. There should be a serious investigation done on the relationship between Kelloway's and the government on not only this contract but many of the contracts awarded to this company or its other businesses.