Country Ribbon complying with fireproofing order, says it didn’t get Mount Pearl messages
Country Ribbon’s CEO says it will have a new maintenance building up to code by a deadline imposed by Mount Pearl — but says the company didn’t receive any warning from the city.
Earlier this month, Mount Pearl city council issued a cease-and-desist order to the chicken producer, saying a new maintenance building at its Topsail Road plant didn’t meet fireproofing regulations. The city said Country Ribbon didn’t respond to messages left, and gave the company until Sept. 5 to bring the building up to code or vacate it.
CEO Ian Pittman says the company had to replace inadequate material in the building..
“We fully intend to comply and have things in place by Sept. 5,” said Pittman on Thursday. “It was always our intention to comply. We had material applied back in the winter that hadn’t been suitable and we had to remove it, so we had some delays.”
Pittman says the company didn’t get any calls from the city about the lack of fireproofing.
“It was really miscommunication,” he said. “Since July, basically, up until last Friday when we read about it in the paper, we hadn’t had any calls from the city or any inquiries in terms of what was happening. I write it off as more of just miscommunication as opposed to a lack of response on our part.”
Coun. Andrew Ledwell, chairman of the city’s planning and development committee, said staff has been meeting with Country Ribbon and progress is being made.
“They’re expecting to have it completed by the deadline, so that’s great news,” he said.
“We as a city never like to have to issue these orders. We do our very best to be business-friendly, and we do our very best to listen to the concerns of our business community, but there are times where we have to take these types of actions. Thankfully they’re few and far between.”