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City to amend remedial action order as owner works to have power restored

It appears demolition will not be coming for the Slumber Lodge in Williams Lake as the owner continues to work on power being restored to the buildings.

Mayor Walt Cobb says the City will be looking at ratifying some strict guidelines for the owner to follow at the next regular City Council meeting on Tuesday.

“They’ve spent a fair amount of money on it now so hopefully they’ll continue and get it up and operational because that is their intent from what we can gather, but until we know for sure they’ve met some of the conditions and it is now safe we’ll have to wait and see how they proceed.”

Council had made the decision earlier this week to amend the remedial requirement that was ordered on July 21, 2015 and allow the owner to attempt a renovation of the three buildings with terms and conditions placed on it.

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The owner says to date they have spent over $40,000 to getting electrical power restored which has currently been done to the main building.

He was to have the buildings demolished and removed by December 15, 2015, but on the following day they were still standing and there had been some work completed on the property including fencing both permanent and temporary that had surrounded the property line.

The owner who had appealed the remedial action order was to have power fully restored to the buildings by November 1, 2015.

He says in a written letter the City received on December 24, that most of the delay to getting electrical power restored was due to BC Hydro and severe damage done to the system by experienced copper thieves and that a 5-week time frame back in September was not realistic.

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