City fi­nally awards con­tract to build trail in honour of Maj. Ber­tram But­ler

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COR­NER BROOK — Can­gro Services Lim­ited has been awarded the con­tract to fi­nally build the Maj. Ber­tram But­ler Trail in Cor­ner Brook.

The project, which hon­ours the First World War vet­eran who was the Royal New­found­land Reg­i­ment’s most dec­o­rated sol­dier, was first an­nounced in 2016.

Work on the trail was de­layed by the con­struc­tion of a new bou­tique ho­tel and mi­cro­brew­ery on West Street near where the trail­head is to be lo­cated at the base of Three Bear Moun­tain.

Now that the work has advanced far along enough, the city has pro­ceeded with a tender to build the trail. Can­gro won the job with its bid of $142,870.

It was ac­tu­ally not the low­est of the six bids sub­mit­ted. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to City of Cor­ner Brook staff, the two low­est bids had to be dis­qual­i­fied be­cause their sched­ule of quan­ti­ties had been com­pleted in­cor­rectly.

No time­line has been set for trail con­struc­tion to com­mence, though the con­tract awarded spec­i­fies the work should only re­quire 10 work­ing days to com­plete.

Maj. But­ler, who was at the in­fa­mous Bat­tle of Beau­mont Hamel in 1916, was orig­i­nally from eastern New­found­land. He moved to Cor­ner Brook shortly af­ter the war and lived in the city un­til his death in 1970.

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