PoCo council seek legal advice on Art Knapps

A Port Coquitlam business that is under city scrutiny for failing to bring its buildings up to code got a temporary reprieve.

A Port Coquitlam business that is under city scrutiny for failing to bring its buildings up to code got a temporary reprieve.

Tuesday, city council closed its regular meeting to confer about a proposal to place a Section 57 notice on title for Art Knapp Plantland.

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Under the provincial Community Charter, municipalities are allowed to place a Section 57 notice on title to warn interested parties about potential safety hazards on a private property and to shift liability away from the city.

Councillors left their meeting to discuss the matter behind closed doors and returned to council chambers a short time later to announce the city would seek legal advice before imposing the measure. The issue is due to return to council May 8.

According to a council report, city staff have met with Wim Vander Zalm, owner of Art Knapp, more than two dozen times over the past year to seek resolution on deficiencies with his buildings at 1300 Dominion Ave.

Monday, Vander Zalm told The Tri-City News his buildings are deemed safe under BC Safety Authority and WorkSafeBC guidelines.

jcleugh@tricitynews.com

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