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Coun. Don Mitchell discusses his reasons for council to reconsider defeating a motion that would make proof of third party home warranty insurance mandatory before the city would issue a building permit.
The issue of proof of third party home warranty insurance before receiving a city building permit to build a new home was again a topic of discussion.
Prior to the approval of the minutes of the executive committee, Coun. Don Mitchell brought forward a motion to reconsider executive committee’s decision on Dec. 10 to vote against the requirement to prove third party warranty insurance. However, the majority of council defeated Mitchell’s motion at Monday’s meeting.
Mitchell said his reason to ask council to reconsider was after the housing advisory committee voted to endorse the initiative at a recent meeting.
“Every jurisdiction provincially across Canada with the exception of New Brunswick and Saskatchewan have applied a home warranty protection as a requirement,” said Mitchell. “Everyone agrees that it’s a good idea. It’s simply whether it’s the role of the municipality to make this requirement, and I think it is.”
Coun. Candis Kirkpatrick said she agreed with Mitchell. She said she was at the meeting of the housing advisory committee as well.
“What I was particularly interested in was one of the members who represents the banking community. One of the things that he stated was that they will not give a mortgage unless there is a home warranty in place,” said Kirkpatrick.
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