Local arena contractors go unpaid

Local contractors who helped build the new Smithers arena have not all been paid.

Hockey season is over at the new Smithers arena, but a local contractor has shot a hard-hitting accusation he was not paid for his work on the $4.8 million structure.

Timber Peak Construction owner Rob Trampuh said he is unable to pay some of the local companies he hired because main contractor C&M Development Inc. still owes him $550,000.

Trampuh said he had rece ived about $1 million so far of what was owed. The 10 per cent holdback, what C&M holds onto until the work is confirmed to be completed properly, is only part of what Trampuh said he is waiting for. He said he has been paid up to September of 2014.

I have not received payment since then,” said Trumpuh, adding that he is pursuing legal options.

Everybody’s irate because I’m owed $550,000 and I can’t pay because C&M has not paid.”

Chris Erb leads the Nanaimo-based company. He tells a much different story.

I’ve paid the contractor that I hired, which is Rob Trampuh,” said Erb, adding the payment was made soon after the arena was built.

I’ve been fielding a number of calls, and basically I paid him a long time ago,” said Erb, who laughed when asked by The Interior News if he owed half a million dollars.

He’s been paid in full.”

Trampuh said hiring companies from out of town can hurt local companies.

They’re dealing with out of town companies that come into town that play into margins, hold onto money until we go crazy, and then we have to put money into legal fees,” said Trampuh.

They squeeze the little guys, and in this case it’s all the subcontractors in Smithers.”

If the town were to use local contractors and strictly local contractors, we have to work with each other. And the town just put two more bids out, one at the airport and one at the firehall, which they have to, to make it public, but why do we have to use out of town contractors?”

Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach said C&M was one of two bidders for the project, the other being from Kelowna.

On balance, council felt (C&M) had the best proposal. We didn’t receive any purely local proposals,” said Bachrach, adding both proposals planned to hire local subcontractors.

Just Posted

Gitdumden checkpoint blocks access to Unist’ot’en camp

Wet’suwet’en clan members say Morice Lake Forest Service Rd checkpoint in effect until further notice.

Alumni game for charity

BVCS takes on Smithers Secondary in a charity basketball game to benefit the food bank.

Carolfest

Carolfest a youthful celebration of holiday music

Competition and camaraderie

The tables were turned on one hockey mom: ‘Two hands, mom! Stick on the ice! Skate! Offside!’

All Otters finish in top 3 of swim meet

12 Bulkley Valley Otters at Prince Rupert Invitational picked up 13 wins, 25 seconds and 15 thirds.

VIDEO: Ex-NASA engineer pranks mail thieves with glitter bomb trap

Package thefts are common this time of year, but YouTuber Mark Rober used his engineering skills

UBC study could spare cancer patients from side effects of radiation

Her research has drawn a connection of Chromosome 6 genes to pulmonary fibrosis susceptibility.

Snowfall warning issued for Coquihalla, Highway 3

Make sure to equip winter tires if travelling

‘Laverne & Shirley’ star, ‘Big’ director Penny Marshall dies

Marshall died of complications from diabetes on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at her Hollywood Hills home. She was 75.

B.C. Court of Appeal to rule in terror case that centres on RCMP conduct

B.C.’s appeal court is scheduled to release a decision today on a couple whose guilty verdict over plotting to blow up the provincial legislature was thrown out by a lower court judge.

Trump backs off on demand for $5 billion to build a border wall

Congress and President Donald Trump continue to bicker over his demand that lawmakers fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Canadian detained in China, not clear if related to two other detentions

Reports suggest the person is not a diplomat or entrepreneur doing business in China.

Trudeau sees 2019 election as choice between positive Liberals, divisive Tories

Trudeau is drawing much the same battle lines that propelled the Liberals to a come-from-behind victory in 2015

Lightning top Canucks 5-2 in feisty battle

NHL’s No. 1 team too much for Vancouver

Most Read