Tuesday, August 28, 2012
As already mentioned in a heads-up previous comment of mine in an earlier post our municipality is in fact being sued. The front page story in this week's Pass Herald (not available on-line) lays out the 5 w's, as you can read here...
Chinook Pipelines suing the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
By Lindsay Goss
Chinook Pipelines Inc. has confirmed that a statement of claim file has been sent to the municipality of the Crowsnest Pass.
"I can confirm that a statement of claim file has been sent," confirmed Archie Craig, Vice-President of Chinook Pipelines in the morning of Friday, Aug 24.
Chinook Pipelines is a construction group based in Western Canada and provides service to Alta, Sask, and B.C. The company specializes in pipeline installation, utility projects and oil and gas related activities including excavation, directional drilling, pipe bursting and pipe plowing.
The statement of claim file was sent to the MD of the Crowsnest Pass last month.
"We are still waiting on the statement of defense from the municipality," said Craig. "We are anticipating it by the end of this month."
After the statement of defense from the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass has been processed, the next step would be to go to trial.
According to a PDF file found online via Alberta Employment, in 2009, the Crowsnest Pass Municipal Council has contracted Chinook Pipeline Inc. at $2.7 million for an infrastructure program.
The $800,000 trail reconstruction project that was expected to span over three years had been announced for the Pass. The project included trail grades, rerouting trail alignments, installing drainage features and repairing or replacing trail bridges.
Upgrades for the Bellevue-Hillcrest wastewater treatment plant was expected to be completed by December of 2010. That project was estimated to cost $3.8 million dollars at the time it was announced.
Craig informed the Pass Herald that he was not at liberty to give any specific details regarding the trail at this time but would elaborate more on the topic at a later date.
Chief Administrative Officer for Crowsnest Pass Myron Thompson was also contacted but he would not make a statement to the paper until talking to his legal advisor.
Comment: Apparently, next week's edition of the Pass Herald will be featuring another story of yet another company suing our municipality... and the 'hits' keep on comin'.
Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.