Peace River Regional District board erupts after inappropriate comment

A list of 17 "derelict" cars was ordered to be removed from the property by August 10, 2011.

On August 5, 2011, the office of bylaw enforcement received a letter from Mr. Lundquist, requesting an appearance before the board on September 22. He then changed the date to October 13, and again tried to change the date to November 24. In a letter to Mr. Lundquist, the Regional District deemed this "unacceptable" and gave him an option of two dates in October, threatening to remove the vehicles if he chose not to appear.

Lundquist claims he has been "hassled and threatened" by the District, and says the vehicles are not derelict. He says they only need minor repairs to be operational, but it's been six months to a year since any of them have been run. Regardless of their condition, Lundquist argues that it's his property and he can do want he wants with it.

"This is my property, on my property; it belongs to me."

The property, at 7087-255 Rd. Baldonnel, is currently a C-2 general commercial zone, as it's intended to be turned into a flea market. Lundquist says he's continually being interfered with, including complaints about parking on the road. He's now working on developments as requested.

But the conversation turned for the worse after PRRD Chair Karen Goodings ended the discussion once no more directors were lined up to speak. Lundquist told the board he felt the way actions were taken was "uncivil" by "stuffing it down your throat".

"What you have been doing… is promoting a Nazi operation."

His comment infuriated the board and many directors loudly called for that to be the end of his time. Despite the agenda moving forward, Lundquist remained at the table until the next break was called, over 15 minutes later.

As Lundquist did not ask for council for any action, the PRRD "has no choice" but to remove the vehicles in accordance with Bylaw No. 1892.

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