Placentia lift bridge still a go

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Mayor says town will sit down with provincial government

Staff with the provincial Department of Transportation and the Town of Placentia will sit down within the next two days to talk through an existing dispute over permitting for the construction of a new lift bridge in Placentia, according to Placentia’s mayor.

As mayor Bill Hogan told The Telegram last week, the town is demanding about $400,000 for municipal permits for the replacement of the Sir Ambrose Shea Lift Bridge. 

To date, both the company tasked with the project and the provincial government have refused to pay.

As The Telegram has reported, the provincial Minister of Transportation and Works, Paul Davis, said he received communication from Hogan indicating "no permit, no work."

Despite the hard line in his messages, Hogan said this morning there will be no stoppage of work on the project, at least not at this point.

He characterized discussions with the minister in the past few days as agreeing to disagree on whether or not municipal permits are required. He also said the dispute may mellow, depending on how discussions go between staff from both sides in the next two days.

Hogan said the town council as a whole will ultimately determine how things move forward.

“They’re the deciders. I’m just the mouth piece,” he said with a laugh.

He also said the current position should be clear: the town currently expects permit fees to be covered.

H.J. O’Connell Construction Ltd. was officially awarded the $40.6-million Placentia bridge contract by the provincial government on March 5. The company has declined comment on the permit flap.

An update on some subcontract work on the bridge project to date can be found in today’s print and digital editions of The Telegram.

 

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com

Organizations: The Telegram, Department of Transportation, O’Connell Construction

Geographic location: Placentia

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  • Jay
    April 29, 2013 - 13:42

    The provincial government would be insane to pay this type of blackmail. This example says it all about petty municipal politicians who are more interested in their own small minded agendas than in helping the people they were elected to help. He's a perfect example of why government shut drastically cut the number of municipalities. While I'm totally frustrated with the Dunderdale government, I also remember that the Liberals appointed this buffoon to Cabinet. Hopefully this is not his way of gearing up for a run at provincial politics again

  • Clifornia Pete from NFLD
    April 29, 2013 - 11:48

    400,000 are you kidding me. Who is taking them for a ride and to demand is a bit strong. Who has the deep pockets to fill

  • Another Town
    April 29, 2013 - 11:40

    I think Mayor Hogan has finally lost it. Does he charge permit fees to other contractors that are doing work in his town such as water and sewer and other infrastructure? The goverment should cancel this contract right now and tech them a lesson.

  • bob
    April 29, 2013 - 11:14

    Turn this bridge over to the town of Placentia and let them pay for the replacement. People of the province are paying for this from our tax dollars. I can travel without using the bridge.