City taking legal action against Condillo Foods
By: Matt Durnan
| Posted: Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 11:33 am
The City of Airdrie has filed a court injunction against Condillo Foods Ltd. after the company failed to abide by a stop order that has been in effect since Jan. 19.
The stop order was issued when the City received complaints from residents about odours emitted from the factory at 215 East Lake Blvd. that produces corn snacks.
“Essentially we had ordered Condillo to cease the odours that have been coming from their factory,” said Jamie Dugdale, team leader with the City’s Planning and Enforcement department.
“The day came and went and there are still odours and we need it to stop.”
The 130,000-square-foot factory has been in Airdrie for more than 30 years and employs about 140 people. The land where the factory is located is owned by Condillo.
The City acts as the development authority for the land and a key condition for Condillo to remain at their current location is that they have no negative effects on nearby residents, according to Dugdale.
Airdrie resident Theresa Carroll has lived in the Thorburn neighbourhood for 13 years and filed a formal complaint with the City about the offensive odours from the factory in December.
Carroll has been pleased with the City going to bat for her and other residents and stepping in to put a stop to the odours that have lingered in the area for over a decade.
“You would complain and the smell would go down, then stop and it would come back,” said Carroll. “The City has been great in dealing with this and any time the smell gets strong I phone them and let them know and they keep a record of it, everyone at the City has done a great job in keeping up with this.”
When the City has to issue a stop order it is generally based out of complaints from residents, according to Dugdale who added, “we don’t want to have to shut the factory down or cost anyone their job.”
The factory is continuing day-to-day operations, and no jobs have been lost as a result of the stop order or court injunction. Condillo Plant Manager Derek Walker said he has contacted Condillo’s legal department and a court date has not yet been set.
Walker said he wasn’t able to divulge a great deal of information due to legal reasons, but said the issues with odours stems from an ongoing technical complication.
“We’re still having some issues with our new exhaust system,” said Walker.
“We’re continuing to work on this and we are committed to solving any odour issue.”