Holiday Inn wants compensation for impact of boil order

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Management at the Holiday Inn wants the town of Stellarton to pay help cover the cost that the boil order had on their business.

The town of Stellarton was on a boil order this past fall. Pictured is a town employee in the water treatment facility.

At Monday night’s council meeting, council discussed the matter. The Holiday Inn is asking for $4,139.92

Councilor George Megeney and Mayor Joe Gennoe, both initially expressed their opinion that they couldn’t realistically reimburse the business because it would open the door to having to pay everyone impacted by the water boil order.

“We have to treat everyone equally and there’s no way we could do that,” Megeney said.

Gennoe said it’s unfortunately just something that happens.

“It’s just like the power going off,” he said.

Councillor Denise Taylor said she had submitted questions earlier and asked about whether the town had any obligation of covering the costs. She suggested it would be best to wait until more information was gathered before a decision was made. She said that they should talk to their municipal advisor and get legal advice. The rest of council agreed to wait as well.

The town was on a boil order this past fall after aging membranes in the water treatment facility failed to process enough water to meet demand. A portion of the treatment process was bypassed to make up for the shortage but resulted in a mandatory boil order.

Organizations: Holiday Inn

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Recent comments

  • June Roy
    January 15, 2014 - 08:56

    What about all the rest of us that had to go buy water because of it?????

  • Stellarton Immigrant.
    January 14, 2014 - 19:46

    It "seems" fair that businesses and even residents recover costs from the town (even in a generic per-customer refund as opposed to processing individual expenses). The need to bypass the membranes was not due to an act of god (sudden unexpected breakdown or power outage). It was known the filters were plugging early, and due to the negligence of the town they were not replaced before failure. Tony Addis likened the town's water supply to "an old car" and said the failure was a "blessing in disguise" because it "make his job easier", even though he knew the filters were failing and neglected to push to have new ones on hand. Unfortunately the downside of getting a payment from the town, is where is the money going to come from? The tax payers. So you're going to pay your own refund. However the town should be held accountable for its incompetence.