Cost cut a bonus for board

Te Puke Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Te Puke Com­mu­nity Board has done some good busi­ness.

At last week’s meet­ing, the board heard that a re­vised quote had been pro­vided for work to re­in­state a park­ing space in Palmer Place.

The re­cent quote was $6300, a marked re­duc­tion on the ini­tial cost es­ti­mate of be­tween $10,000 and $12,000 pre­sented at its pre­vi­ous meet­ing. Both had been pro­vided by the district’s road­ing con­trac­tor Westlink.

The first es­ti­mate was con­sid­ered to be ex­or­bi­tant and an al­ter­na­tive quote was asked for.

“They have cer­tainly sharp­ened their pen­cil,” said chair­man Peter Miller last week, al­though he ex­pressed con­cern that the board could eas­ily have ac­cepted the higher fig­ure.

Western Bay of PLenty District Coun­cil road­ing engineer Stu­art Har­vey said the ini­tial es­ti­mate may have in­cluded a risk as­sess­ment and con­tin­gen­cies. Even if the higher es­ti­mate had been ac­cepted, if the job cost less the board would have paid less.

Ear­lier this year the board set aside $5000 for re­fur­bish­ing benches around Te Puke by Te Puke Menz Shed.

The first bench has been in­stalled on Can­nell Farm Drive, with the chair­man com­ple­ment­ing the Menz Shed on the qual­ity of the work.

Ini­tially the money was set aside for three benches, but with the cost of the first at un­der $500, there should be scope for more benches to be im­proved.

“I think we’ve got a bargain there,” said the chair­man.

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