Let­ter of in­tent is­sued for Marys­town rec com­plex con­struc­tion

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS - Paul Her­ridge Photo BY PAUL HER­RIDGE THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Marys­town Town Coun­cil has is­sued a let­ter of in­tent to Que­becbased Pomer­leau Inc. autho­riz­ing the com­pany to im­me­di­ately pro­ceed with work on town’s new re­cre­ation com­plex.

A mo­tion was passed ap­prov­ing the de­ci­sion dur­ing Tues­day’s meet­ing.

Mayor Sam Sy­nard said the com­pany’s bid was the low­est of five sub­mis­sions re­ceived for the project.

The bids ranged from Pomer­leau’s $14.5 mil­lion, he said, up to more than $18 mil­lion.

Mayor Sy­nard in­di­cated Pomer­leau Inc. moved into the prov­ince in re­cent years and se­cured work on some very big projects. The com­pany has of­fices all across the coun­try in­clud­ing one in St. John’s.

Ul­ti­mately, Mayor Sy­nard said the let­ter of in­tent will al­low Pomer­leau to keep the sub-con­trac­tors that have been iden­ti­fied for the project in place.

“We’ve got some ob­sta­cles to over­come yet, but we feel con­fi­dent enough that we’re go­ing to sign off with Pomer­leau and get them to start work, ac­tu­ally.

“We’ve got to fill some fi­nan­cial gaps. They’re not big fi­nan­cial gaps. We’ve had some good con­ver­sa­tions with some fund­ing agencies about fill­ing in the gaps. So I can’t get into the specifics of it, but the bot­tom line is that we’re hop­ing this thing is go­ing to get the green light in the mat­ter of a week or two for sure.”

The new fa­cil­ity will be built on the cor­ner of Har­ris Drive and McGet­ti­gan Boule­vard. As such, the mayor said that means some quick de­ci­sions will have to be made about the re­lo­ca­tion of the Her­itage Run Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion’s iconic light­house vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tre. Ar­range­ments have been made for the or­ga­ni­za­tion to op­er­ate out of the ad­ja­cent farm­ers’ mar­ket site for the up­com­ing tourism sea­son.

“Sev­eral months ago, this seemed like it was go­ing to be a dead project be­cause we were over budget by sub­stan­tial num­bers. We’ve been able to work through those num­bers and find a way to go for­ward with it.”

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The Her­itage Run Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion’s vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tre in Marys­town will need to be moved in the com­ing weeks to make way for the start of con­struc­tion on the town’s new re­cre­ation com­plex at the cor­ner of Har­ris Drive and McGet­ti­gan...

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