Coun­cil paves the way

Central Leader - - News - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

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?”

Neill Forgie, pro­cure­ment man­ager for trans­port in­fra­struc­ture de­liv­ery, 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.

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