St. Catharines council passes another NPCA motion

St. Catharines city councillors once again passing a motion last night regarding the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.

The motion introduced by Councillor Carlos Garcia demands the NPCA accept an offer by the province's auditor general to help with a forensic audit of the organization.

Council also voting to include an amendment to the motion introduced by Councillor Joe Kushner that the region withhold its financial contribution of  $1.7 million to the NPCA unless it takes the auditor general up on the offer.

This is the third motion in relation to the NPCA passed by council.

In December, councillors voted unanimously to ask the province to launch a thorough investigation of the agency.

Last month, they endorsed a Pelham council motion calling for all NPCA board members to be selected directly by area municipal councils from their local residents.

The NPCA has agreed to hire a third party to conduct an audit into its operations but turned down the auditor general's offer of assistance.

The Conservation Authority has been under fire for questionable land purchases and hiring practises.