Freeland chaired the meeting, assisted by Jerry Wilson, owner of Jerry Wilson's Auto Sales, and Duane Needham, owner of Tile & Carpet World.
said matters had been deteriorating to the point where he
finally went door-to-door last week with fliers advertising the meeting and urging owners to stand up for their rights.
said that many business owners are now questioning whether building officials are providing a fair assessment of what exactly constitutes 50 percent damage.This interpretation of the rules can mean the difference between being allowed to reopen in a patched-up building or having to plan an elaborate and expensive reconstruction.
In the case of his
tile and carpet store, Needham
said the CRA
informed him of one set of standards when he
started redesigning his
heavily damaged building.Several months later, he
submitted a plan he
thought addressed all these rules -- only to be told there were still more rules that had come into play since the last meeting.Needham
now asks why he
couldn't have been given a complete explanation of the rules from the start.