Coun­cil mulls dock ad­just­ment con­tract

Kingston Whig-Standard - - NEWS - EL­LIOT FER­GU­SON elfer­gu­son@post­media.com

Last year’s record-high wa­ter lev­els on Lake On­tario have prompted the city to ad­just the height of the docks in Con­fed­er­a­tion Basin.

City coun­cil is to con­sider spend­ing more than $665,000 to hire a con­trac­tor to raise the height of three docks at the ma­rina.

Last year, heavy rain through April caused the wa­ter lev­els on Lake On­tario to rise to al­most one me­tre above nor­mal, flood­ing shore­line prop­er­ties.

Most of the docks in the ma­rina at Con­fed­er­a­tion Basin are de­signed to float with the wa­ter lev­els. The main dock, C dock and D dock, how­ever, are fixed in place and last year were un­der­wa­ter. Only about one-quar­ter of the slips at the ma­rina could be used at the start of the boat­ing sea­son un­til a tem­po­rary dock could be built.

Two com­pa­nies — Ke­hoe Marine Con­struc­tion and Hy­brid Con­struc­tion — sub­mit­ted bids for the project. City staff are rec­om­mend­ing Ke­hoe’s bid be ac­cepted, largely due to the lower $667,000 price the com­pany quoted.

The bids were re­viewed and scored on their price, pro­posed method­ol­ogy, equip­ment and ma­te­ri­als, com­pany pro­file and re­sources, and ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

Two-thirds of the con­tract cri­te­ria was based on pric­ing and re­lated costs.

Coun­cil had ap­proved al­most $475,000 for the work but added an ad­di­tional $250,000 from the ma­rina re­serve fund.

Coun­cil is to de­cide on the dock changes at its Tues­day night meet­ing.

EL­LIOT FER­GU­SON/THE WHIG-STAN­DARD

The city plans to raise the height of the fixed docks in Con­fed­er­a­tion Basin af­ter last year’s record lake lev­els sub­merged them.

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