A local entrepreneur was cut out of a bear-proofing gig this
week, as the District of Squamish renewed and reconfigured a contract with
Carney’s Waste Systems that’ll see recycling depots decommissioned in favour of
The clash between Russell Roy of Critter Guard Lock Systems and
Owen Carney came to an overdue conclusion after Manager of Operations Gordon
Prescott found no proof of a deal between the two businessmen, though he did
come across a memorandum of understanding.
Councillor Corinne Lonsdale was the only member of the new
government to vote against awarding the contract, citing a trend of
encouragement council had displayed in its dealings with Roy. Previously, he
had been given a contract to fit his systems of garbage totes in Timbertown
trailer park. Further, he had his design tested and approved by local and
“I only know one system of bear-proofing in this community,”
Lonsdale said. “I would rather see this be shared between the two of them. I
would not like to see all this go to Mr. Carney.”
That didn’t fly with Councillors Doug Race and Paul Lalli, both
of whom said the district has no right to tell a company how to source its
“That would be like us telling them what type of trucks to
buy,” said Race.
The spat between Roy and Carney came to light in September,
when Roy appeared before council to complain about Carney cutting him out of
the deal. Carney wanted to do have the locks built in house. He said Roy’s
systems are inadequate, a charge the entrepreneur denied. Both men were
chastised by then Councillor Greg Gardner — now mayor — for putting
the municipality in the awkward position of choosing between two local
businesses. Gardner implored them to resolve the conflict on their own.
“What I’m hearing from Mr. Prescott is that has not occurred,”
he said during this week’s meeting.
Lonsdale attempted to have the whole thing deferred, but
council instead took a brief recess to mull over the information.
In the end, Carney’s secured the contract, which will last for
60 months. Curbside collection will begin in early January, and, as a result,
garbage will only be collected every two weeks. However, the district has
retained the right to revisit the bi-weekly approach in the event it becomes
problematic. In that event, the contract would be amended, and new costs would
be introduced. Currently, the system will not result in increased costs to
taxpayers, though the lock systems will run $1.60 per month over five years.
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