UPDATE – Township will take legal action against company over bridge replacement

The Township is headed towards a legal dispute with the company that installed the Blackwater Bridge on Concession 4 Brock.

Back in May, council passed a resolution following a closed-door session calling for the Stratford-based Guardian Bridge Rapid Construction Inc. to repair the bridge or reconstruct it “pursuant to its contractual obligations.”

At the time, CAO/Clerk Thom Gettinby said the municipality was hopeful the company would work to resolve the issue and that legal action was a last resort.

A letter from Township solicitor Loopstra Nixon, marked confidential, is included on the agenda for Monday’s (Dec. 11) meeting of the administration and personnel committee as ‘Township of Brock v. Guardian Bridge Rapid Construction.’

In a statement to The Brock Voice following the meeting, Mayor John Grant confirmed the municipality will be filing a lawsuit.

“Based on information received and the recommendation of legal counsel for the Township, members of Brock council voted to proceed with legal action against Guardian Bridge,” he said.

According to its website, Guardian has specialized in fibreglass composite bridges since 1994.

Brock was awarded a $944,000 grant from the province in the summer of 2013 to replace the structure, a contract that was awarded to Guardian in March of the following year.

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