Feds Seek Delay Paying Fine

BlackburnNews.com file photo Paul Martin Building, downtown Windsor.

The federal government wants more time to pay $52,000 for encroaching on a downtown Windsor sidewalk.

The federal government had until Wednesday to fix the crumbling facade on the Paul Martin Sr. Building and remove the scaffolding around it, or pay a fine. City engineer Mario Sonego says federal officials requested an extension so they can review its agreement with the city allowing the scaffolding.

Sonego says he has a letter from a federal engineer saying there’s been some work to support the facade and reduce the risk to the public. Asked if he still has concerns about the facade, Sonego says, “they still need the hoarding there, let’s put it that way.”

Hoarding is a temporary fence or scaffolding erected around a construction site to protect the public.

Sonego says his department has sent the federal government an invoice, and he’s confident the fine will be paid by the end of the month.