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City considers Disciplining staff over Taylor fire hall scandal

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City hall has been negotiating with Shindico to purchase the Taylor property since November 2012.

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City hall has been negotiating with Shindico to purchase the Taylor property since November 2012.

Mayor Sam Katz said he supports disciplining those administration officials responsible for building a fire hall on land the city doesn’t own.

"When you build something on someone else’s land, that is the kind of mistake… that should not be made," Katz told reporters this morning.

The city is forced to take developer Shindico to the expropriation process after both sides were unable to reach agreement on compensation for the Taylor property that the new #12 fire paramedic station was constructed.

Katz said he can envision the discipline including demotions, suspensions, docked pay and even dismissal.

"It hasn’t happened to date," Katz said but added that those discussions are taking place behind closed doors among members of council. "We’re having discussions on it."

The Taylor fire hall was one of four new halls Shindico was contracted to build in a program that was several million dollars over budget. A team of forensic auditors from consulting firm Ernst & Young concluded the program was mismanaged by city officials and plagued by unfair contract awards to Shindico.

Shindico has disputed the E & Y findings, arguing that the firm offered the city the lowest possible price.

It’s widely believed that former chief administrative officer Phil Sheegl and former fire chief Reid Douglas were let go as a result of their roles in the fire hall replacement program – but city officials said their departures were not linked to that situation

Katz said a formal announcement will be made if anyone is disciplined in the aftermath of the fire hall program.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 12:29 PM CST: Corrects typo in headline.

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