Town of Clarenville awards tenders at first meeting with new councillors
Elizabeth Swan Park reno, road work, and sand all approved
It was not a scheduled Clarenville town council meeting, but the first assembly of the new council post-election day saw council award several tenders and give updates on ongoing projects.
At noon on Tuesday, Oct. 3, council awarded three different tenders for work in the community.
First off, council awarded a tender for a variety of roadwork, including areas of Balbo Drive, Manitoba Drive, Memorial Drive, Baggs Place, and Shoal Harbour Drive.
The only bid received, with scope of work included, was from J-1 Contracting Ltd. in the amount of $681,376.15 HST included.
Chief administrative officer David Harris says the budget for this work is covered under gas tax rebate funds, along with capital works funds from the town. He adds the quote was within the town’s budget.
Next, council awarded the tender for 3,000 tonnes of winter road sand for the upcoming winter season.
There were two bids: Goobie Rentals and Contracting for $16.39 per tonne, and J-1 Contracting Ltd. at $9.15 per tonne.
The town approved J-1 Contracting’s bid.
The last tender awarded was for the delayed Elizabeth Swan Park renovation project.
There were seven bids on the work (HST included):
$1,293,750 $1,449,777 $1,722,770 Services, $1,798,031 $1,874,500
Council awarded the tender to the lowest bidder, Goobie Rentals, subject to all contract obligations being met.
CAO Harris explained the project is funded by a combination of federal, provincial, municipal, and fundraised dollars. He says $478,000 came from ACOA, $320,000 from the province, $440,000 from the town’s budget, and about $455,000 in the proposal is set to come from “sponsorship (and) fundraising efforts.”
“We do have to raise a significant amount of money between now and next spring,” said Harris. “We will be asking the business community and through various fundraisers such as the Lions 50-50 and the Chase the Ace. Those groups are raising a significant amount of funding for us.”
So far, there are commitments in writing for $50,000.
This is following some changes to the plan after the project came in over budget in August.
Harris says they removed some of the paving and walkways (and planned to do it “in-house”), the storage shed behind the softball field (looking to possibly add this at a later date), the small viewing deck, and the small boardwalk by the river (to be completed at a future recreation phase).
He adds the contractor is eager to begin the work. It’s planned to be a five-month construction period.
Hopefully if they can complete a month and a half or two months of work before winter, the park may be finished in July next year, weather depending.
Also referenced at the unscheduled council meeting was the status of two ongoing projects.
Director of external operations Rick Wells says contractors were currently onsite for the town’s salt shed foundation. He expects the structure will be ready to go up in a couple weeks.
As for the traffic lights at the Shoal Harbour Drive-Thompson Street intersection, Wells says some materials have arrived and they hope to do some preliminary work ahead of time with Meridian Engineering; however, the poles won’t arrive until November.
Clarenville’s new council at the swearing in ceremony last month.