Owner of iconic store fighting to rebuild
Flood 2013: Rocky View issues stop work order on Bragg Creek Trading Post
By: By Carmen Solana-Martin
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 08:48 am
When the original Bragg Creek Trading Post was severely structurally damaged by the flash flood on June 20 its owners got to work almost immediately repairing the iconic building.
During the flood the full force of the Elbow River’s current pounded the building on White Avenue in Bragg Creek severely undermining the foundation.
Despite the damage owner Barb Teghtmeyer is determined to rebuild the historic Trading Post in the same location along the Elbow River.
Built in the 1920’s, the Trading Post was purchased by Teghtmeyer’s father in 1940, and served as the main department and grocery store in Bragg Creek until the late 1970s.
However, she is facing an uphill battle due to the building’s proximity to the river.
On Sept. 10, Teghtmeyer said she was served with a stop work order from Rocky View County because they did not have a development permit to stop repairing their building
“From the beginning we retained a structural engineer and all work had been done according to his specifications,” said Teghtmeyer. “In order to address safety issues and support the foundation until it was done, we had support beams installed almost immediately.”
Teghtmeyer said she did not know she required a development permit to repair the building, and her husband went to Rocky View County on Sept. 5 to obtain a building permit.
They were refused a building permit and told they had to have a development permit to repair.
“We were shocked that we required a development permit, but we accepted that, and we applied for the permit on Sept. 6,” said Teghtmeyer.
Concerned the stop work order compromise her building’s foundation due to approaching winter weather while she waited the six to eight weeks n to obtain a development permit Teghtmeyer said she sent a letter to Rocky View County staff to expedite the process.
“It is our goal to complete the foundation and reset the walls so the heat can be on before freeze up occurs,” she said. “All we asked for from Sept. 10 on, after we served with the stop work order, is that the County expedite the development permit process.
“The whole crux of the matter is that we are not rebuilding, we are repairing the flood damaged foundations of the building,” said Teghtmeyer. “The footprint, the roofline and the walls are intact and will be identical.”
This summer, Rocky View County Building Services inspectors assessed flood damaged properties in the Bragg Creek hamlet and coded them according to their level of structural damage.
Teghtmeyer said she does not know when Rocky View County assessed and coded her property as red, meaning there is evidence the flooding has either damaged the structural integrity of a building or the water level has reached a point above the basement where the flooring system may have been compromised.
“We knew (if our building was coded red) we needed a structural engineer to assess it and we did that from the beginning,” said Teghtmeyer.
Teghtmeyer said according to Rocky View County in order to repair all structurally flood damaged properties within the hamlet a development permit is required and if she defies the stop work order the fines are $1,000 per day or six months jail time.
“All we are really asking for now is to expedite the building permit process and allow us to work and continue the repair while the development permit process is under review and not to threaten us with fines or jail time if we proceed with the repair,” said Teghtmeyer.
With the upcoming municipal election, Teghtmeyer said she does not want her issue with the County to become fodder for the campaign.
“It is unfair to (incumbent councillor) Liz Breakey (who is running for re-election) if this becomes an election issue because she, in my mind, has done everything she can from her position and she has limited control,” said Teghtmeyer. “She is not in the position of just turning on the tap and switching things around.”
Breakey said she is working to repair the flood damage in Bragg Creek, but could not comment on the Trading Post issue specifically.
“My only comment would be that I will work tirelessly to look after the interests of all our residents affected by the flood and for the future, no matter what, to rebuild our hamlet to make it as secure and safe as possible against future flooding episodes and to use all flood mitigation processes possible,” said Breakey.
Rocky View County could not be reached for comment.