Carman House tenant eviction halted

Carman House – File photo (The Leader/Comfort photo)

MORRISBURG – Carman House tenant Elly Bosman will not be evicted.

The planned eviction of Bosman was halted by South Dundas council Thursday, March 15.

Not only has the eviction been halted, but council also approved spending up to $35,000 on repairs to the Carman House, which includes some spending on the upstairs apartment that Bosman has occupied for 27 years.

South Dundas council held a lengthy closed door session at its special meeting last night.

That session was held without South Dundas mayor Evonne Delegarde who declared conflict of interest. “I am declaring pecuniary interest as I am related to the tenant,” said Delegarde as she turned the meeting over to deputy mayor Jim Locke.

Following that in camera meeting South Dundas councillor Marc St. Pierre tabled a motion, seconded by South Dundas councillor Bill Ewing to allocate $35,000 to worth of repairs at the Carman House and to allow the tenant Elly Bosman to remain living there.

St. Pierre admitted that his opinion has changed since council first approved the plan for South Dundas to move forward with getting out of the business of being landlords at Carman House.

“Previously, I perceived from the staff report that the apartment was non-livable,” said St. Pierre. Upon further information and review, he said that he does not see anything in the engineer’s report that would make the apartment unlivable. “That information is the reason for my change,” said St. Pierre.

“I agree, we need to make the change,” said South Dundas councillor Ewing.

Locke said that when the decision was made last year he was deciding whether or not South Dundas should be in the business of being landlords. “My decision was no,” he said. He did not change his mind.

South Dundas councillor Archie Mellan acknowledged that the municipality had already spent time and money on this issue, but in reviewing the engineer’s report and the judgement documents from the Landlord and Tenant Board, Mellan decided to vote differently this time.

With Mellan’s support the motion was carried.