October 7, 2022 – Not everyone has the resources that ROTHMAR Holdings CEO Aaron Bell has. He hired renowned PR firm Edelman who managed to bring CTV to Cornwall and reveal a hint of the mess that is going on in a very corrupt town hall.
Rothmar issued 4 demands challenging the review letters issued by the city’s building official that effectively shut down the company’s work. This not only cost Rothmar over a million dollars, but an entire season of construction work was lost, costing local trades employed by the company hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The company also claims that:
“The dispute is between one of our sister companies and the City over the sale/expropriation of land that the City says it needs. The municipal authorities were not happy with our decision to involve a lawyer specializing in expropriation in the process.
Aaron Bell CEO Rothmar Holdings
While some friendly businesses are accelerated, many have to wait years to move forward. For example, how long did permits take for Councilor Towndale’s business that he was associated with when it opened? Quite quick compared to many others in the city.
There’s already at least one other lawsuit against the city as Wyatt Walsh has been trying to get his triplex built since 2018 with one hurdle after another even though engineers and architects have approved his plan. He had intended to build another, but the losses he blames on the city could impact that project.
How many are homeless or under-housed because of Cornwall’s housing crisis which is fueled by this kind of senseless and horrific policy that has led to hundreds of apartments in the city becoming condos over the past decade?
Of course, Mr. Towndale’s presence at the interview is no coincidence. After all, he is running for mayor against corrupt Cornwall Mayor Glen Grant, who was not actually elected, but put in place by council after equally corrupt Mayor Bernadette Clement was appointed to the Senate. .
Oddly enough, Clement and Grant broke the rules when they ran for mayor, but both were released.
As to Mr. Towndale’s assertion that the matter was not brought before council, it is no secret that there is a licensing problem in Cornwall, and council would surely be aware of the meeting between Rothmar, the mayor, and CEO Maureen Adams in early 2022? If the council didn’t know, it’s a failure of the systems of a city hall running an incompetent, weak and corrupt council that lets its bureaucrats run amok and cost taxpayers millions.
For many builders and contractors in the Cornwall area, there are no cushy Senate appointments or so-called numbered bank accounts tied to high-profile projects like the Benson Centre.
More than a dozen builders and contractors have told CFN they will no longer work in Cornwall due to ‘hobbyist hour’ as it has been defined until things clearly change. Builders struggle to book workers and when the city withdraws previously approved permits or causes delays, those workers end up on other jobs; plenty just across the border in South Stormont.
Many in the trades said when Karl Doyle left Cornwall and moved to South Stormont it was the last straw for them.
A closed meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at City Hall where most likely the most junior inspector (who has been singled out by both lawsuits) will be thrown under the bus and blamed for the scandal, but the issues are deeper. There is simply too much corruption in Cornwall. There are just too many hurdles to overcome for some to do business in this city, and that won’t change until there’s a change at City Hall from top to bottom.
As they say “You get the government you deserve.”