No Movement On Legal Action Against Town Of Yarmouth

Posted on Friday, August 11, 2017 06:33 AM

Legal action from residents of Lake George against the Town of Yarmouth has not moved since May.

That's according to Yarmouth Town Councillor Clifford Hood at last night's monthly meeting.

In a statement of claim, the residents say the town is responsible for contaminating their wells after the town failed to properly decommission a former sawmill on their property.

Hood says he checked the status of the file after Mayor Pam Mood was questioned about the legal action on the Y95-CJLS Weekender.

"Lawyers representing the Town filed the Town's defence on May 18. I was informed earlier this week by our solicitors that there's been no further activity on the file since that date."

He says the town's solicitors have denied the allegations contained in the statement of claim, and have asked the court to dismiss the action of the plaintiffs with costs to be awarded to the town.

The issue dates back to late 2015 when town staff dumped hundreds of truckloads of what they thought was Class B compost on the former sawmill property near the Lake George watershed.

Neighbouring residents spotted material that wasn't compost and demanded the town clean up the property.

The town then had an environmental company test the site, which determined any contamination was the result of the former sawmill, not the freshly dumped material.