NDG church has its heat back on
A dispute between a NDG church and Gaz Metro appears to have been resolved — at least in part.
Earlier this week, CJAD News reported that the River's Edge Community Church overlooking Girouard Park had its heat cut off last week because it paid its bills late, forcing the congregation to bundle up during last Sunday's morning service.
Church officials are now saying the heat was turned back on during the day today.
"We thank all the individuals and media outlets that supported us in this crisis and contributed to helping us resolve this impasse," reads a post on the River's Edge Facebook page. "We are grateful for your prayers and ongoing support."
The church insisted it was late in paying a bill this month, but that it was paid. The heat was cut off for more than a week anyway.
Gaz Met had demanded the church pay a $14,000 deposit from the church to get the heat back on, in addition to a hookup fee, which pastor Lorenzo Della Foresta suggests they shouldn't have to pay.
"Right now, we've got heat, and that's great, but it's not great that we still, in their eyes, still owe them this $14,500. That has not been resolved."
Della Foresta hopes this case helps bring some changes to the way Gaz Met deals with payment issues.
"It's disappointing, because there's no recourse," he says, referring to their troubles this past week in dealing with the gas company.