Car­bon­ear awards ten­der for new de­pot

Town forced to bor­row ad­di­tional funds af­ter low­est bid ex­ceeds es­ti­mate

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON TC ME­DIA

Work to ren­o­vate the new mu­nic­i­pal de­pot in Car­bon­ear should be­gin shortly fol­low­ing the town’s award­ing of the ten­der.

East­ern Con­tract­ing Ltd. of Mount Pearl sub­mit­ted the low­est bid at $907,938 (HST in­cluded). Seven com­pa­nies bid to ren­o­vate the build­ing at 1 Pike’s Lane pur­chased last year to serve as a new de­pot. The high­est bid came in at over $1.7 mil­lion. Coun­cil ap­proved a mo­tion to award the con­tract at last Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing.

Be­cause the bids were higher than the town estimated, it will now seek ap­proval from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to bor­row an ad­di­tional $370,000 to com­plete the project.

The over­all cost for the de­pot, in­clud­ing the land pur­chase, con­sult­ing fees and ren­o­va­tion costs, will jump from $1.53 mil­lion to ap­prox­i­mately $1.90 mil­lion.

Town chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Cyn­thia Davis told The Com­pass the bids were re­ceived prior to the adop­tion of the 2017 bud­get, thus the in­creased costs were ac­counted for.

The town ini­tially wanted to set up a de­pot to pro­tect ex­pen­sive equip­ment from wear and tear on a piece of prop­erty pur­chased in 2014 on Goff Ave. for $180,000. It bud­geted the project at $1 mil­lion.

How­ever, an es­ti­mate from a con­sul­tant in­di­cated build­ing there would cost $4-5 mil­lion. Scal­ing back the con­cept re­duced that fig­ure to $3-4 mil­lion.

Davis said the con­trac­tor would com­mence work “as soon as pos­si­ble.” The town es­ti­mates the new de­pot will be ready to use by the late spring or early sum­mer.

ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

The Town of Car­bon­ear an­tic­i­pates the re­cently-hired con­trac­tor will com­mence ren­o­va­tions on a new town de­pot build­ing in the near fu­ture.

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