Town of Clarenville awards ten­ders at first meet­ing with new coun­cil­lors

El­iz­a­beth Swan Park reno, road work, and sand all ap­proved

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS THE PACKET CLARENVILLE, NL jonathan.par­sons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

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

$5,075,000

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.

JONATHAN PAR­SONS PHOTO

Clarenville’s new coun­cil at the swear­ing in cer­e­mony last month.

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