Mingo Corner house-moving costs continue to increase

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TRURO - Colchester County Council has agreed to pay for additional costs that had previously been disallowed, relating to the cost of moving a Central Onslow home to accommodate sidewalk construction at Mingo's Corner.

The county will pay for additional costs that had previously been disallowed in relation to moving a Central Onslow home to accommodate sidewalk construction.

The additional $6,258 was for costs associated with the removal of original floor joists under the kitchen of the century-plus home that were damaged during the move and deemed structurally unsound by county staff.

Initially, county staff had argued against paying for replacement of the floor joists because it was deemed an improvement to the structure, rather than being a necessary component of the move.

That was also the position taken by Coun. Mike Gregory.

"I think we actually did them a favour, myself," he said, of the perceived improvement to the homeowners.

A number of councillors, however, disagreed with that assessment.

"If the house had never been moved, if we had never insisted on the move, those joists never would have been touched," area Coun. Doug MacInnes said.

The approval to pay the additional costs puts the municipality's share of the move at $101,838, while the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is responsible for the remaining $60,000 of the total cost, which now stands at $168,096.

The house was moved back on the property to make way for sidewalk construction at Mingo's Corner.

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @tdnharry

Organizations: Mingo Corner house, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Mingo's

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  • Marvin
    January 22, 2014 - 05:11

    Another colossal waste of tax dollars. They moved a perfectly nice home to accommodate a sidewalk that goes nowhere! The store at the bottom of the hill is on its last legs and probably will close in the next 6 months, leaving taxpayers with a huge expense! Once again government demonstrates a lack of common sense and good judgement!