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• Former premier Danny Will-iams says he will have to spend about $1.5 million to complete his Outer Cove home due to a contractor’s poor workmanship.
Williams is being sued by contracting firm Fort Management for more than $1 million after Williams terminated the contract to build his home in Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove. In his statement of defence the former premier asks the court to dismiss Fort Management’s claims and order the contractor to pay the legal fees for him and lawyer Stephen Marshall, named as a co-defendant in the suit.
In the statement of defence, Williams concedes he contracted Fort Management to build a house for $5.5 million, a price that was later raised to $5.78 million. He claims to date he has paid Fort Management $6.2 million but was informed — after terminating Fort Management’s services in early February — that he still owed another $811,000, that the project was “far from complete,” and Fort Management couldn’t provide a firm completion date.
Further, claims the statement, Williams will need to spend much more to complete the home.
• In the 33 years Paul Pettigrew has worked with the City of St. John’s, he can’t recall a crew member
being struck by a vehicle while painting lines on roads, but that doesn’t mean they don’t fear the worst.
“Hopefully, an incident never happens,” said the city depot foreman. “Crews are out there working with signs everywhere and flashing lights, and drivers don’t bother to slow down.
“No one has struck anybody, but drivers run over cones all the time, especially in the morning when people are in a real hurry,” Pettigrew said Tuesday.
• Eastern Health says referral requests to specialists for 31 patients at the community health office in St. Mary’s were not sent to the appropriate departments.
In a news release, it said it confirmed on April 17 that the requests from the clinic had not been forwarded so followup appointments could be made.
“The employee involved in this incident is currently on leave pending the completion of the review,” said an Eastern Health spokeswoman. “However, once completed, and in consultation with its human resources department, Eastern Health will determine what disciplinary action may be required.”
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