St. Catharines council agrees to open books to auditor on Burgoyne Bridge build

St. Catharines council has accepted the request by the region to conduct a second audit into the over budget Burgoyne Bridge build.

Mayor Walter Sendzik says there will be an engagement with the auditor Deloitte to move forward quickly on the matter.

But he wants the public to know the reason the region requested a second audit is because the city was a minor contributor to the project and as such his council wants to make sure any communication or dealings were done in an open, transparent manner.

Sendzik points out this is a regionally constructed and tendered bridge and the city has had very little to no influence at all on the overall development and the reason it has gone over budget.

But he says they still want to ensure anything that could be discovered is allowed to be looked at by the auditor.

Burgoyne Bridge Task Force Chair Selina Volpatti told CKTB News on the weekend that Deloitte ran into problems getting some information about the city's role in the build, due to privacy of information issues and that is why they requested a second audit.