IN to de­sign pub­lic works fa­cil­ity

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News

BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff South Glen­garry has awarded the con­tract for ar­chi­tec­tural and en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices for the de­sign of a new mu­nic­i­pal pub­lic works fa­cil­ity to IN En­gi­neer­ing.

The town­ship re­ceived 14 bids for the job by the Novem­ber 8 dead­line although town­ship gen­eral man­ager of in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices Ewen MacDon­ald told coun­cil at its last met­ing that only six ten­ders were con­sid­ered since any bid over $50,000 was “set aside be­cause with the scor­ing sys­tem we used, they wouldn't have been com­pet­i­tive.”

IN’s of­fer scored the high­est in the eval­u­a­tion ma­trix ex­er­cise, and was also the low­est bid at $24,160 plus HST.

The high­est sub­mis­sion of $127,665 plus HST came from an uniden­ti­fied firm.

Mr. MacDon­ald stated that de­sign for the new pub­lic works build­ing is to be com­pleted and ten­der-ready by March. A lo­ca­tion for the new fa­cil­ity has yet to be ap­proved by coun­cil. How­ever, Mr. MacDon­ald said that a de­ci­sion on the lo­ca­tion will need to be fi­nal­ized in early 2019 in or­der to com­plete site works de­signs and de­ter­mine soil con­di­tions.

He added that the struc­ture “won't be very so­phis­ti­cated” but will “meet the needs” of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. “We're not talk­ing OC Transpo here,” said Mr. MacDon­ald. “It's a five-bay garage with two of­fices, a stor­age room and the staff room.”

Ini­tial plans called for the build­ing to be con­structed on mu­nic­i­pal prop­erty on Air­port Road, ad­ja­cent to the win­ter roads ma­te­rial stor­age fa­cil­ity built last year. But coun­cil had a num­ber of mis­giv­ings re­gard­ing the pro­posed lo­cale – de­spite the find­ings of the con­sult­ing firm, EVB En­gi­neer­ing, who de­ter­mined that the Air­port Road site “was the most suitable.” EVB also looked at the pos­si­bil­ity of us­ing the ex­ist­ing site of the town­ship pub­lic works garage in Williamstown, as well as con­sol­i­dat­ing the cur­rent North Lan­caster and Williamstown fa­cil­i­ties.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

DREAMY MU­RAL: The South Na­tion Con­ser­va­tion’s third and fi­nal Stream of Dreams mu­ral for 2018 was in­stalled at Rox­more Pub­lic School in Avon­more. Pro­mot­ing clean wa­ter and wa­ter­shed ed­u­ca­tion, the pro­gram in­cludes work­shops where stu­dents learn about the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing fish habi­tat and streams. Stu­dents are then pro­vided with a wooden fish can­vas to paint for the mu­ral, which is then mounted on the school’s fence as a last­ing legacy for the school and com­mu­nity to en­joy.

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