By Trevor Busch
Town council has now awarded a contract for North Reservoir Upgrades to Porter Tanner Associates after the original tender was dismissed in 2018 due to excessive cost.
At their June 10 meeting, council voted unanimously to award the North Reservoir Upgrades tender to Porter Tanner for $340,141.20 (inclusive of GST).
“This actually came to council last year,” said public works director Gary Scherer. “We only had one bid that was $540,000, so we asked council to dismiss that. Brought it back this year, this time we went through a different format, we pre-qualified six contractors.”
MPE Engineering completed the North Pump Station Upgrade – Conceptual Design Study in July 2015. Phase I of the upgrade was completed in 2015.
The project had been allocated $400,000 in the 2019 capital budget. Of that, $52,000 is committed to MPE Engineering, which left a remaining budget of $348,000. The project is partially funded from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund by $175,000.
Major work items include an exterior waterproofing addition, reservoir piping modifications, reservoir interior wall modifications, and the addition of a sodium hypochlorite feed system.
Four other bids were accepted for the project, including VHL Construction Ltd. ($361,935), Nitro Construction Ltd. ($386,095.50), Parcon Construction Ltd. ($447,930), and Taylor Construction ($466,721.72). All prices included a $25,000 extra work allowance and five per cent GST.