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Kevan MacLean, left, leaves provincial court on April 28 after his company was fined $2,500 for violating the Engineering Profession Act during construction of the Riverhouse Inn in Montague.
The company that built Montague’s newest hotel has been fined $2,500 for violating the law that regulates the use of engineers on construction projects.
Southern Kings Construction, through its owner Kevan MacLean, was in provincial court in Charlottetown Monday morning after he was charged with one violation of the Engineering Professionals Act.
The company built the recently opened Riverhouse Inn in Montague and was charged with practising civil engineering without holding a licence.
Engineers P.E.I. was responsible for the prosecution and on Monday the court heard both sides had reached a conclusion, which meant the case didn’t have to proceed to trial.
Charges were laid in December after Engineers P.E.I. received a complaint.
Jonathan Coady, who represented Engineers P.E.I., said private prosecutions were rare but the role of professional associations was to protect the public.
Southern Kings Construction’s lawyer Matthew MacFarlane said there were no issues of concern over the quality of the work on the building and an engineer had worked for the company at the start of the project, but hadn’t continued.
Along with the fine Southern Kings Construction was ordered to pay an $833 victim surcharge.
Last year the company was also in court after violating the Architects Act by not using an architect in the Riverhouse Inn’s design.
Southern Kings Construction was ordered to pay a $2,575 fine in that case.