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Contractor responds to more complaints of unfinished pools

More complaints have come in about alleged fraudster Jarred Haymen who has left a trail of unfinished pools.

Global News have been contacted by new families that say they’ve had bad dealings with the pool contractor.

Sixty-two-year-old Terry Hnidy, who lives in Maple Ridge, was one of those affected.

Hnidy, who lives with multiple sclerosis, said she wanted a pool to help her exercise.

“I started to look for pool contractors on Facebook actually, Facebook marketplace, there I found an ad for pyramid pools,” Hnidy told Global News on Thursday.

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Hnidy said she hired Haymen and his company Pyramid Pools in May, to build her a small pool but she says after months of sweet talking the pool is still left unfinished.

“He has $26,000 (of mine). Essentially, all he did in

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Is the Fall a Good Time to Buy a House? This Year, Things Have Changed.

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Coronavirus sent the U.S. housing market for a spin this summer as demand outstripped supply—and the highly competitive environment appears to have continued into the fall.

“Normally, this last week of September is sort of a buyers’ sweet spot,”
Danielle Hale
, chief economist at Realtor.com, told Barron’s. In a typical year, September is when buyer demand decreases as home listings remain on the market, resulting in more options and less competition, she said.

But that was not the case this year. Homes spent an average of 54 days on the market nationally in September, 12 fewer days than the same month last year and three fewer than in August 2020, according to a Realtor.com study. That’s an unusual occurrence during a month when market activity normally begins to slow. This was the first year since at least 2016 when homes spent less

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‘Complete streets’ plan to revitalize downtown Hicksville needs $22M to fund improvements

Downtown Hicksville’s chaotic jumble of roads and walkways is set for a $22 million pedestrian and bicycle-friendly makeover — if the funding can be secured.

Nassau County last week released its “complete streets” plan for the area around the Hicksville Long Island Rail Road station that is poised for revitalization.

“When you’re adding apartments or for housing or any kind of development at all you want to make sure that … you can accommodate any increased population or traffic, and you also want to look at how you can make things safer,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said in an interview. “You also want to look at how to make it more attractive.”

The complete streets report recommends adding 1.75 miles of bike lanes, new street crossings for commuters, extending sidewalk curbs to shorten the distance to cross streets, building median islands at wide intersections, making sidewalks and curb ramps

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Inland Pipe Rehabilitation Announces the Acquisition of Murphy Pipeline Contractors

NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Inland Pipe Rehabilitation (“IPR”), a portfolio company of an investment affiliate of J.F. Lehman & Company (“JFLCO”), announced today the completion of the acquisition of Murphy Pipeline Contractors (“Murphy”).

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Founded in 1973, IPR is a leading provider of trenchless pipe rehabilitation solutions and technology to the municipal wastewater and storm water markets. The company’s technologies and services provide government customers with minimally disruptive, cost-effective solutions to manage aging underground pipe infrastructure.

Murphy Pipeline Contractors provides unique trenchless rehabilitation solutions for the municipal potable water and wastewater markets. With a 21-year track record of success, Murphy provides its customers with specialized capabilities, including its branded CompressionFit solution and pre-chlorinated pipe bursting.

Rob McCrae, Chief Executive Officer of IPR, commented, “We are excited to partner with the Murphy team and

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New state guidance allows more indoor visitors to Iowa nursing homes

State officials announced new changes to novel coronavirus-related guidance to long-term care facilities that allows more indoor visits to take place.

To align with new requirements from the federal level, state public health officials say compassionate care visits are now allowed in nursing homes and other senior living facilities across the state, and does not exclusively apply in end-of-life situations.

Under the new state rules, indoor visits can now take place in the residents’ rooms and in dedicated visitation spaces within the facility.

A resident can qualify for a compassionate care visit under the following scenarios:

• The resident is grieving after a family member or friend recently died.

• The resident, who was living with family until recently being admitted to a nursing home, is struggling with the change and lack of physical family presence.

• A resident needs encouragement with eating or drinking, as they are currently experiencing

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Contractors: the pros and cons of using an umbrella company

Updated 01 October 2020

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Nick Green

Under Debbie's Blue Umbrella

As a contractor, you will probably have to operate via a limited company rather than be a sole trader. You could set up your own one-person company, or use a UK umbrella company. An umbrella company gives you the option of having an employer while still working on a contracted basis. That means you don’t have to worry about tax returns, because they’ll take care of it for you. But is being a contractor through an umbrella company all it’s cracked up to be? Let’s find out.

What is an umbrella company and how does it work?

Umbrella companies act as third party employers for contractors. As the contractor, you can still choose the projects you work on, but you have an employer taking care of your employment admin.

All umbrella schemes work in the same way, no

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Oregon State AD Scott Barnes says Reser Stadium renovation project remains on schedule

Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes joined me on the radio show this week to talk about the upcoming football season and the Reser Stadium remodel project.

Listen to the full interview here.

Barnes said the pandemic has not affected the $140 million project, which is expected to be completed in 2023 and improve the west side of the stadium.

“The donors who want to participate in this project are still there,” Barnes said. “None of this has changed.”

On out-of-control athletic department spending nationally:

“We have to get our head around this. It’s not sustainable. We have to find a way to manage it and to course-correct in some form or fashion… it’s something that is not sustainable.”

On potentially trying to make-up the canceled football game with Oklahoma State:

“That final decision hasn’t been made. We’ll look at all the options and make a decision based on what’s

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Different mortgage rates and requirements

If you’ve been comparing mortgage rates for the purchase of a second home or an investment property, you’re already on a promising path: You’ll either have a place to go for vacations, or you’ll have a place that’ll generate income and put more money in your pocket.

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A view from an outdoor patio

Either way, the opportunity to own more than one property is an enviable position to be in, but how you classify that property makes a difference in how much you’ll pay to finance and own it.


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Second home vs. investment property

Are you buying a second home, or are you making an investment?

This might be confusing, especially if you’re thinking about occasionally renting out the property – using it regularly for vacation, for example, but also making it available on Airbnb for some of the time you’re not using the property

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Volunteers give life to Red Bluff chamber building with siding facelift and painted mural

RED BLUFF — A group of volunteers were up bright and early Saturday with one wall completed by 8 a.m. at the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce building, where a face lift of the structure was happening.

a man standing next to a skateboard: Volunteers prepare the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce building for new siding Saturday. (Julie Zeeb -- Daily News)

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Volunteers prepare the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce building for new siding Saturday. (Julie Zeeb — Daily News)

a person standing in front of a sign: Volunteers prepare the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce building for new siding Saturday. (Julie Zeeb — Daily News)

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Volunteers prepare the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce building for new siding Saturday. (Julie Zeeb — Daily News)

“James Harris and Mike Pascarella are donating their time to do something for the chamber of commerce,” said Liz Forsberg, a director with the chamber. “We’ve needed a face lift for some time and a local business donated all the material.”


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The best guess of staff is that the siding was probably original from when the building was

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