By Wendy Elliott
A Wolfville resident had his power cut off due to a town decision just before Christmas.
Peter Brown has been living in a converted garage at the back of 14 Gaspereau Ave. since 2011. He says he is the victim of town’s decision regarding an adjacent unsafe apartment building.
Nov. 26 Wolfville council upheld an order to vacate five apartments in the main building after former bylaw enforcement officer David Bretell detailed significant repair issues with the older building.
The converted garage was not a safety issue, according to Bretell’s estimation, so Brown said he remained when the last tenant moved out of the main building Oct. 16.
In an interview Jan. 3, Brown said he was informed by the means of a note on his door from the town on Dec. 10 that the power could be turned off at any time.
“I went and talked to the town,” he said, to explain his home was metered through the main structure.
In response to his concern, Brown said, the town placed a note on the five-unit building for Nova Scotia Power indicating he was still living in the rear property.
“But it was too late,” he said, “they’d already cut it.” The power was cut Dec. 19 and Brown experienced a cold Christmas. He is no longer living in the unit.
Rev. Barry Morrison said Jan. 3 he had attempted to advocate for Brown, who is janitor at the Wolfville Baptist Church.
Brown said he was hopeful he could have stayed in the former garage until he might have been able to locate an affordable place to rent.
“I would have liked time to organize,” he said.
Brown has been in communication with his landlord, Lorne Cavanagh Jr., who told him he did not know anything about the power cutoff.
The town’s finance director Mike MacLean said Jan. 2 he was unable to comment on the power termination. Bretell is still listed on the town web site as bylaw officer, but he left his role in November.
A spokesman for Cavanagh told council in November that he intends to improve the property and that he needs time.