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The City and Urbacon Damages Trial Date Set

Web posted on July 15, 2014

Guelph, ON, July 14, 2014 During tonight's closed session of City Council, City staff provided an update regarding ongoing litigation between the City and Urbaconthe contractor hired to build City Hall and Guelph's Provincial Offences Court.

On March 31, the court decided the City did not have the right to terminate Urbacon from the project. The reasons for that decision were released on June 17.

A trial to determine whether the City will be required to pay damages to Urbacon is scheduled to start on October 14, and is expected to take place over three to four weeks. The result of the trial, including the amount of damages to be paid, is likely to be released by the court in late 2014 or early 2015.

If the City decides to appeal any ruling in the case, the appeal would take place after receiving and reviewing the result of the damages trial.

Guelph's Chief Administrative Officer, Ann Pappert explains, "The City is prepared to negotiate with Urbacon in hopes of resolving the matter and minimizing the financial impact on Guelph taxpayers."

As the case proceeds, the City will continue providing regular updates to City Council and the community.

"To minimize the impact on local taxpayers and protect the City's financial position, the costs for this project must be accommodated within the existing capital budget envelope," said Mayor Karen Farbridge.