During an intense storm Saturday, March 11, wind ripped through a portion of a Quonset hut. The large piece of metal overturned and blocked access to where boats dock at the wharf, which is located across from where Water Street intersects Cross Road. The piece of metal also damaged a neighbouring private property. There were no reports of injuries.
During the March 14 council meeting, Deputy Mayor Walter Yetman asked what course of action the town should consider, indicating there could be a need to issue a demolition order for what remains of the property, which was reportedly left vacant for quite some time.
Chief administrative officer Nigel Black confirmed the town spoke with the owner of the building, where food distribution company VIP Distributors Ltd. used to operate. He later added the town failed in past attempts to find the building’s owner and start a conversation about having it removed. Following this month’s storm, the owner in question got in touch with the town himself.
“It looks likely that he won’t have the means necessary or the insurance necessary to undertake the repairs, to make the property safe, and/or to clean it up,” Black said. “So it may be necessary for council to issue an order in terms of public safety and also nuisance in health and safety.”