Township’s lawsuit over bridge construction continues

Brock Township’s lawsuit against the company that installed the Blackwater Bridge on Concession 4 Brock is continuing.

Prompted by a question from Regional Councillor Ted Smith, CAO/Clerk Thom Gettinby provided a brief update on the case at Monday’s (March 12) meeting of the public works committee.

“The bridge has been stabilized and poses no danger to the public,” he said, noting the lawsuit is ongoing.

In May of 2017, 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, 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, was included on the agenda for a meeting of the administration and personnel committee in December 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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