Lien slapped on Wainfleet meth lab property

Police agencies raided this barn two years ago in Wainfleet and discovered a meth lab. The township is trying to recoup costs associated with the clean-up of the meth lab.

Police agencies raided this barn two years ago in Wainfleet and discovered a meth lab. The township is trying to recoup costs associated with the clean-up of the meth lab.

Wainfleet will use a priority lien to recoup $50,000 from a property that was home to an alleged meth lab raided by police in January 2011
Council used the Fire Protection and Prevention Act and the Municipal Act to put the lien on the property at 85014 Marshagan Rd., at Creek Rd., in the northwest area of the township.
The $50,000 is the cost assigned to the clean up of the property by the Wainfleet fire department, called to the home after multiple police and government agencies raided a barn on the land, which backs on to the Welland River.
Niagara Regional Police, Hamilton Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police’s Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau and Canada Border Services Agency were all involved in the 2011 raid, which also saw a Pelham home targeted.
Wainfleet firefighters, Niagara EMS paramedics, Niagara’s hazardous materials team were called out to dismantle the lab, which police said posed a risk of fire or explosion due to flammable solvents, acids and other poisonous and caustic chemicals.
Ald. Ted Hessels, a volunteer firefighter, asked if other costs could be added in to the $50,000, things like staff time and other administrative fees.
“Anything related to this,” he said.
Hessels also asked if more money could be recouped from the property owners.
Township CAO Scott Luey said the sad reality of the situation was the amount of the lien was far less than the actual cost incurred by the township for the clean-up.
Luey said the original invoice was more than $100,000, but a provincial commission ruled only $50,000 could be collected.
In a report by fire Chief Harry Flagg, it said the owner agreed to pay the costs of $50,000, but because of matters before the criminal court system they are unable to pay at this time.
“Staff feel that it is reasonable to consider the amount of $50,000 is collectible. The funds are subject to proceeds of crime legislation in which the municipality will be paid by the court system in the event of a conviction or by the owner in the event of an acquittal,” Flagg’s report said.
It also said the priority lien status will also ensure any debt on the payment will accrue interest at the rate of 1.25% per month.

Emergency vehicles lined up near a Wainfleet property raided two years

Emergency vehicles lined up near a Wainfleet property raided two years ago. The township is trying to recoup costs associated with the clean-up of a meth lab on site.

 

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