With support from the operations and administration committee earlier this week, city councillor Dan McCreary has asked Bell Canada to take responsibility for the damage its contractors do to the properties of Brantford city residents (via The Expositor).
The councillor is now urging the telecommunications giant to repair lawns, driveways, and other private property after it completes work in Brantford neighbourhoods.
Damage that goes unrepaired “creates a lot of hardship for many homeowners,” said McCreary, while citing a case of a homeowner’s new driveway being destroyed after contractors did work on Bell infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Brantford’s director of communications, Maria Visocchi, has also said that the city’s customer service department has left messages with Bell Canada about property damage but the calls aren’t returned.
Under his resolution, which needs final approval at a city council meeting later this month, the city will create a list of addresses with property damage caused by Bell Canada activities and send it to the company asking for repairs.
The resolution also calls for the city to send a letter to the federal Minister of Heritage requesting changes to the law to require Bell to take responsibility for the restoration of properties.
If the action is approved by council, Visocchi said a public education campaign will be created letting residents know how they can lodge a complaint.