Mount Pearl has ordered Country Ribbon to get out of its new maintenance shop on Topsail Road, calling the building a fire hazard.
City council Thursday delivered a cease-and-desist order to the chicken producer and processor, after failed attempts to get Country Ribbon to bring the building’s fireproofing up to code.
Coun. Andrew Ledwell, chairman of Mount Pearl’s planning and development committee, told The Telegram that Country Ribbon hasn’t been issued an occupancy permit for the new maintenance building and electrical room.
The company hasn’t provided the city with the plans required before the permit can be issued, said Ledwell, but has started using the new building anyway.
An inspection earlier this year found fireproofing deficiencies, he added.
“We can’t allow them to occupy that renovated space when we’re dealing with something that’s against the building code and the fire code,” said Ledwell.
The city gave Country Ribbon a deadline in early July to complete the fireproofing work, but it still wasn’t done.
The cease-and-desist issued by the city Thursday orders Country Ribbon to stop using the space and a deadline of Sept. 5 to do all the work required for the occupancy permit.
“If they don’t complete the required work by Sept. 5 and continue to occupy the building, we will have to take legal action, possibly to prevent the continued occupancy of that space,” said Ledwell. “When we’re dealing with something like fireproofing, obviously, that’s a major safety issue.”
Ledwell said the company has been unresponsive to the city’s directives.
“Our staff have made several attempts to contact Country Ribbon and get in place the required documentation, make sure that the fireproofing has been completed and all the other work related to the occupancy permit,” he said. “My understanding is that those attempts at communication were not successful, that Country Ribbon, unfortunately, was not responsive, and therefore we had to take these steps, which we never like to take, but we have to address the issue.”
Country Ribbon manager Randy Harris declined to talk to The Telegram.
“I’m not really interested in talking about it, because I’m a private business,” he said. “It’s something ongoing with them, just a very small affair. There’s not a whole lot to it. It’s just work we need to get completed, and we got hung up on some contractors, that’s all. … I’m not really interested in discussing it. It’s private, between us and the city.”
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