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Lantzville spent nearly $80K on legal fees in 2018

District spent less than previous year on legal expenses

The District of Lantzville forked out plenty of money for legal expenses this year.

According to an in-camera report released on the district’s website, Lantzville spent $78,138 on legal fees in 2018, which is less than the $89,741 they spent in 2017.

The majority of the district’s legal costs for 2018 were attributed to general expenses. Lantzville spent $32,994 on general legal expenses, which includes bylaw review, water issues, tree protection, insurance matters, procedure and policy, according to the report.

The district also spent $20,078 on bylaw enforcement, $15,638 on litigation and $6,540 on freedom of information-related matters.

Lantzville is currently being sued for negligence by a woman who inadvertently drove her vehicle 20 metres down an embankment after heavy rains and a landslide had washed out Rumming Road and created a sinkhole in January. The district also sought a court order against Stanley Pottie, the owner of property at 7890 Clark Drive West and former mayoral candidate, earlier this year.

The district previously spent $89,741 on legal fees in 2017, $46,958 in 2016 and $44,979 in 2015.







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