Coun­cil vote a stale­mate

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COR­NER BROOK – City coun­cil will re­visit the is­sue of whether or not it should can­cel a ten­der for the sup­ply of as­phalt, con­crete, gran­u­lar ma­te­rial and sod at its next pub­lic meet­ing.

The is­sue was on the agenda for the most re­cent pub­lic meet­ing, but the vote re­sulted in a 3-3 tie with Coun. Vaughn Gran­ter ab­stain­ing from the dis­cus­sion or vot­ing be­cause of a con­flict of in­ter­est.

Gran­ter works for one of the bid­ding com­pa­nies.

Staff has rec­om­mended the city can­cel the ten­der be­cause the mu­nic­i­pal so­lic­i­tor has in­di­cated its word­ing could have caused con­fu­sion for bid­ders about which ma­te­ri­als would be picked up by the city and which would be de­liv­ered by the suc­cess­ful con­trac­tor.

Coun. Josh Carey ex­pressed con­cerns be­cause he had thought the is­sue had been dis­cussed at a pri­vate meet­ing of coun­cil and the ten­der was deemed to have been fine. Coun­cil will dis­cuss and vote again at its next meet­ing. Should an­other time oc­cur, the mo­tion, which was to can­cel the ten­der, would be con­sid­ered de­feated.

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