Cars blocking hockey rink take-down: de Wit

Bylaw officers spray painted markings on the Vincent family hockey rink on Jan. 5, 2015 in preparation to dismantle it. Laura Vincent said her family had applied for a temporary minor variance to allow the rink to stay, leading to confusion about the future of the skating surface. The city will remove everything up to the vertical line at the tip of the pink arrow. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Cornwall public works crews are running into an issue trying to take down a portion of the Vincent family hockey rink on Monaco Cres.

“We are being impeded by parked cars that just happened to appear on the street,” Public Works Division Manager Bill de Wit told Cornwall Newswatch, “We are going to have those removed and once that’s done then we will proceed with removing the boards.”

de Wit says all the boards on public property (the right-of-way) will be removed but “all the boards on private property, we’re not going to touch.”

“Our intent is to disassemble the boards as best we can with out breaking anything and just putting them on private property,” said de Wit.

The public works manager says he has not been notified officially by anyone about a temporary minor variance process, something homeowner Laura Vincent and Coun. Mark MacDonald had said was in the process of an application.

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