Carbonear changes depot plans
Cost to build on Goff Avenue too costly for town: mayor
The Town of Carbonear is scraping its plan to build a new municipal depot, citing unexpectedly high construction costs.
The original plan was to build a new depot on a parcel of land the town purchased on Goff Avenue in 2014 for $180,000. But according to Mayor George Butt Jr., initial estimates from a consultant suggested building there would cost $4-5 million. When the town downsized the concept, the budget estimate was between $3-4 million. The town’s own budget for the build was approximately $1 million.
Now, the town has agreed to purchase a Pike’s Lane property owned by George Rowe of Land and Sea Welding Ltd. in Carbonear for $800,000. Council unanimously approved the purchase at its April 7th meeting. The purchase will require the town to take out a bank loan. It submitted a request to the provincial government asking to exempt the purchase from the Public Tendering Act.
“Our superintendent checked it out, and we had it checked out by the consulting group … and it fits our purpose perfectly,” the mayor told The Compass Friday. “
At last Monday’s council meeting, town chief administrative officer Cynthia Davis said the consultant gave a preliminary estimate of $1.53 million for setting up the depot on Pike’s Lane. This figure includes renovations, the purchase price for the land and the $94,500 consultant fee. That figure could run anywhere from 30 per cent lower or higher than the estimated total, according to the consultant.
Public works director Brian O’Grady indicated at last Monday’s council meeting that he considers the $1.53 million figure to be at the higher end of what town might eventually pay.
“It says plus or minus, but I noticed in some of (the consultant’s) estimates, he’s estimated certain rates that I think are at the upper end, so I think it’s somewhat of a secure or safe bid in their regard.”
Davis said at the same meeting there are items the town will review to decide whether or not they will be included in the general contract tender.
“There’s some items there, smaller items, that we could possibly look at or get quotes on if it’s below the public tender ceiling that we could probably get some better pricing,” said the CAO.
Butt said there is additional land on Pike’s Lane included in the purchase that the town will eventually look to use as the location of a wastewater treatment facility. As for the land on Goff Avenue, the mayor said it would be sold.
The Town of Carbonear has agreed to purchase a property on Pike’s Lane. The building will be renovated to serve as a new municipal depot.