Cost of remediation at 230 Talbot Street comes with no firm guarantee


city_scope_logo-cmykThe city is eager to begin remediation at 230 Talbot Street, site of the proposed “social services and housing campus” on a parcel of land purchased last year from London developer Shmuel Farhi.
The winning tender for cleanup will come to council Tuesday for approval.
And, it comes in significantly above the anticipated range of $400,000 to $600,000.
At Tuesday’s meeting, council will be asked to endorse the tender submitted by All Season Excavating at $728,819 for remediation of the large tract of land.
The work includes removal of all contaminated materials in preparation for the new social services building and construction of a new parking lot to replace the existing lot on the northwest corner of the site. Continue reading

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It’s time to move on, the hostages are beyond the restless stage


city_scope_logo-cmykLaying down the law in the Sutherland Saga originated from an unlikely source this week in the form of Ontario Superior Court Justice Peter Hockin, one of the original cast members in the near-decade long run of this soap opera.
Tuesday at the Elgin County Courthouse, Hockin was set to preside over the hearing involving the City of St. Thomas versus Sutherland Lofts owner David McGee.
McGee, through lawyer Valerie M’Garry, is challenging an unsafe building order issued Oct. 28 by the city that gave him until Dec. 15 of last year to provide a detailed work plan and schedule repairs to begin early last month on the four-storey structure.
But, as was the case on Jan. 3, the hearing was a non-starter due to M’Garry’s ill health.

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First Phoenix and now the grand-daddy of them all, D.J. Kennington is in high gear 


17_d-j-_kenningtonIt won’t be his first run at Daytona International Speedway, but when the flag drops on the afternoon of Feb. 26, D.J. Kennington aims to be on the starting grid for the grand-daddy of stock car races – the Daytona 500.

It’s been a dream of the St. Thomas racer since he was five years old and the only obstacle now is the qualifying run Feb. 19.
“Hopefully we can get ourselves locked in for Sunday, that’s the main goal,” stressed Kennington. “There are a lot of good cars that are not locked in. There are 35 cars locked in now and there are only five spots left. If you have a really good car and a good engine and you can miss the wrecks, you can hopefully make the race.”
For Kennington, a shot at the big one comes less than three months after another dream came to fruition on the oval at Phoenix International Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona – his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut.

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