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Winnipeg housing inspector may have inspected his own work

A City of Winnipeg housing inspector, who is also involved with a design company, appears to have inspected a home built from his own blueprints, CBC News has learned.
A City of Winnipeg inspection seal on this house, which was built based on designs from InterPro Building Design, bears the stamp of Sig Steinhilber, who is linked to InterPro. (CBC)

A City of Winnipeg housing inspector, who is also involved with a design company, appears to have inspected a home built from his own blueprints, CBC News has learned.

Sig Steinhilber works for the city, but he is also linked to InterPro Building Design, a company registered to his home address.

Designs from InterPro Building Design were used to build three houses. CBC News has found that a City of Winnipeg inspection seal on one of those houses has Steinhilber's name stamped on it.

Mayor Sam Katz says the allegations in this case are serious and will be looked at. (CBC)

City officials have refused to comment on whether the inspection seal is valid.

"It sounds like a conflict of interest," said St. Boniface Coun. Dan Vandal.

Mayor Sam Katz acknowledged that the optics are not great in this case.

"It would be extremely difficult for anyone to objectively look at something that you actually created, OK? You might want to say you should recuse yourself," he said.

Some of the city's senior managers are investigating the matter and hope to deliver an internal report on March 12.

"I'm just going to wait until they finish doing their work, but those are serious allegations and they should be looked at, absolutely. And they will be," Katz said.

Steinhilber told CBC News he cannot comment at this time.

Dispute with builder

Earlier this week, CBC News reported that the city is investigating whether Steinhilber, who has worked as an inspector for nearly 30 years, is potentially in a conflict of interest as a result of his alleged role in a set of questionable building plans.

InterPro Building Design is in a dispute with a housing company, Hollywood Homes, after the city found falsified information on building applications for several houses.

The blueprints of those houses carry the engineering stamp of Les Frovich, who has said he had nothing to do with those projects.

Hollywood Homes has said it got the blueprints from a city inspector who moonlights as a designer.

People who have purchased the houses in question have since been told by the city that their homes may have to be demolished due to the dispute.

Both Steinhilber and Hollywood Homes have denied doctoring the blueprints, and the city is investigating what happened.

Steinhilber has insisted that he has not done anything wrong, noting that the design company is registered in his wife's name. However, the company's address is Steinhilber's home and he is listed as the sole contact on a construction website.

Steinhilber is also linked to another company, Stork Housing. It lists three directors, including Steinhilber himself.

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