IN to design public works facility
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.
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