Chair of NPCA wants to set the record straight on Auditor General offer

The Chair of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is looking to set the record straight.

Sandy Annunziata says the NPCA has committed to an independent, arms-length, third party review.

Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk had a recorded conference call recently with representatives of the NPCA with an offer to help with the audit.

Annunziata tells CKTB in essence they did not turn down the service of the auditor general's office, what they did was commit to listen to the voices of their stakeholders by respecting the motion brought forward in the January board meeting for a full, third party independent audit.

He says the process offered by Lysyk would not have respected any of the important aspects contained in the motion.

For example, Annunziata says she suggested the NPCA's audit committee provide the scope of the review - but since the committee is made up entirely of NPCA board members,  that does not provide the independence that was asked for in the original motion.

A number of municipalities and concerned citizens came forward with calls for an audit following a citizens report in the wake of a foreign developer's plan to build a $10 million condo development in Niagara Falls, with part of the property containing protected wetlands.