$4M con­tracts

The Glengarry News - - News - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

Three con­tracts worth about $4 mil­lion were awarded at the most re­cent United Coun­ties of Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry coun­cil regular meet­ing.

The largest ten­der, called by Corn­wall and all mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties within SD&G for the sup­ply and de­liv­ery of coarse win­ter road salt, was awarded to Compass Min­er­als Canada Corp. of Goderich, Ont., in the amount of $3,150,000.

The sub­mis­sion was based on a price of $105 per tonne for an ap­prox­i­mate re­quire­ment of 30,000 tonnes. It was the low­est of three re­ceived, with Canada Salt Group Ltd. of Mis­sis­sauga ten­der­ing a bid of $3,270,000 and Cargill Salt Ltd. (Montreal) bid­ding $3,867,900.

Ben­jamin de Haan, SD&G’s di­rec­tor of trans­porta­tion and plan­ning ser­vices, pointed out “there was a mar­ket shortage for this prod­uct,” re­sult­ing in the Coun­ties “pay­ing an av­er­age of 28 per cent more per tonne when com­pared to last sea­son.”

Dur­ing South Glen­garry’s bud­get de­lib­er­a­tions this past March, town­ship gen­eral man­ager of in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices Ewen Mac­Don­ald also touched upon the scarcity of road salt. “Salt has been a big chal­lenge for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties across On­tario be­cause there’s a shortage due to a strike in Goderich (at Compass Min­er­als mine which lasted un­til mid-July), where most of the salt comes from,” ex­plained Mr. Mac­Don­ald. “We were lucky to get salt this year, in some sense... A lot of the smaller op­er­a­tions that do park­ing lots were told that there just wasn’t go­ing to be any ma­te­rial (for them) be­cause the mu­nic­i­pal cus­tomers were the pri­or­ity.” He added that the “last batch of salt” pur­chased by Corn­wall was pro­cured “from South Amer­ica some­where... be­cause they couldn’t get it from any­where else.”

Cul­vert lin­ing

Dur­ing the re­cent meet­ing, county coun­cil also awarded a cul­vert lin­ing ser­vice job to Edge­wa­ter Sewer Ser­vices Inc. of Te­cum­seh, Ont. in the amount of $314,925 – lower than the bids by Clean Wa­ter Works Inc. ($317,000), a firm with of­fices in both Ottawa and Montreal; and Hamil­ton­based Pipe Flo Con­tract­ing Corp. ($380,875).

Mr. de Haan ex­plained in a re­port the con­tract in­cludes cured-in-place lin­ing for 16 cross cul­verts at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions across the United Coun­ties. “The lin­ers that have been spec­i­fied are de­signed to be stand­alone new pipes – the old pipes be­ing lined sim­ply act as a con­duit,” added Mr. de Haan, who also said that staff an­tic­i­pates a 50-year ser­vice life for the new lin­ers.

The third job, for the re­place­ment of 23 win­dows in the east wing of the Coun­ties ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing, went to Dwyer Glass, of Corn­wall. The price of $74,752 was the low­est of three bids re­ceived.

In­clud­ing HST, the to­tal tab for the con­tracts is $3,999,835.01.

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