Ormstown mechanic angered over excavation project surrounding his shop

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WATCH: A small business owner is feeling the pinch of unwanted construction. As Global's Billy Shield's explains, the municipality of Ormstown needed to carry out infrastructure work on Highway 201 and insists citizens were warned during public consultations. – Dec 14, 2018

On Nov. 27, a massive excavation project began on the lot of René Frappier’s auto shop in Ormstown, Que. He told Global News the work started without any warning and that it blocked off customers from his shop almost overnight.

“They came in here, they put a huge machine in my driveway, there was no space at all to get in,” he said. “They started digging a hole, which took two days. I was completely blocked off.”

According to Ormstown Coun. Ken Dolphin, the work is being done along Route 201 to connect much of the town to water and sewer services — currently, many residents make do with a septic tank and well water.

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Dolphin disputed Frappier’s assertion that the town sprung the excavation on him, saying that the plan was unveiled at a recent public consultation.

“We apologize, of course, for any inconvenience. We’re hoping that it will be taken care of as soon as possible,” he said. “We understand for his business purposes, it’s very inconvenient for him.”

Frappier estimates that he’s currently only drawing about $50 worth of business per day. On a normal day, he says he would draw at least $1,000.

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The part of the project involving Frappier’s land will wrap up well before Christmas, Frappier said.

The total project is slated to last until March.

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