$8 million footpath contract controversy heads for resolution
A contract worth more than $8 million for footpath construction around central Auckland could be awarded tomorrow.
In an extraordinary Auckland City Council transport committee meeting last Wednesday, it was decided that all contracts will go to tomorrow’s committee meeting for final approval.
Controversy has surrounded two footpath contracts after it was claimed they were not being awarded to John Fillmore Contractors through a fair process.
But chairman Ken Baguley says contracts are all awarded in an appropriate manner.
“There is a lot of smoke but is there a major fire?”
Procurement manager Neill Forgie assured the committee the process is sound.
“The tender process has been fair, equitable and professional.”
The meeting discussed the awarding of 10 contracts worth a combined $142 million.
The contracts will commence in July and a decision has to be made to allow time for successful contractors to begin work.
John Fillmore Contractors looks likely to be awarded two major footpath contracts and has the best performance rating.
Mr Baguley says in terms of footpath surface quality, a brushed finish can mean 20 percent more footpaths for the same price.
Auckland footpaths are larger than those built by neighbouring councils. Mr Baguley says Auckland footpaths are 1.8 metres wide and 100mm thick while their counterparts are 1.5 metres wide and 75mm thick.