The orders from city hall have been posted at the chemical tank work site on the Cornwall waterfront.
CORNWAL, Ontario - Work on the controversial chemical tanks on Cornwall's waterfront has indeed begun again, and city hall is wading into the fray with a stop-work order as well as an order to comply.
The orders have been posted at the site of the tank work.
In the meantime Groupe Renaissance Group president Chuck Charlebois, a critic of the tank project, was visibly upset when contacted by Seaway News.
"It's another slap in the face by our 'I-don't-know' government,'" he said, referring to parliament hill. "Without notification (crews) have shown up on the site. And this was the problem at the beginning when no one knew what was going on."
Work had been suspended for several weeks, after city council approved an interim control bylaw that prohibited work at the property adjacent to the Cornwall Harbour.
Trillium Distribution, the company building the tanks, appealed the bylaw with a last-minute submission a couple of weeks ago.
Word spread Monday after work crews were spotted at the site that construction efforts appeared to have resumed and city officials confirmed as much Tuesday.
Charlebois has been in touch with Mayor Bob Kilger, and suggested the city is prepared to issue a stop-work order, or some other kind of directive, to once again halt the work.
In a separate matter, on Friday, Trillium Distribution Cornwall Inc. filed an application in Ontario Superior Court. The application seeks an order to quash the interim control bylaw on the grounds that the city does not have jurisdiction over federally-owned lands.
In effect, the action launched by the applicant suggests that the federal government has sole jurisdiction over development on the lands.
The city said it intends to defend the interim control bylaw at the Ontario Municipal Board as well as the court action launched by Trillium.