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North Bay developer says City Hall has doubled standard

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A North Bay developer claims the city uses a double standard where water and sewer hook-ups are involved.  And John Wallace, the president of Laurentian Heights wants this changed.  Wallace is trying to collect $50,000 apiece from two privately-owned empty lots on Surry Drive to pay for the services he installed years earlier.  The city says he can`t collect because no one has applied to build on them.  But Wallace says City Hall doesn`t hold itself to the same standard when it installs services.  Wallace says when the city installs water and sewer, it starts collecting from the lot owner right away even if he hasn`t applied for a building permit yet.  Wallace wants the by-law changed so developers can start collecting as soon as the lot changes title.   Wallace will take the issue to the Ombudsman claiming unfairness if the by-law isn`t changed.  Council wants a report from staff on the issue.

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