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.”
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.