By Trevor Busch
The Town of Taber has awarded a Utility Upgrades Tender for 2020 which should help promote better potable water access for residents.
The Utility Upgrades Tender is a combination of three smaller projects that were combined to ensure competitive pricing could be achieved. All three of the projects were approved in the 2020 capital budget.
“We took a bit of a different approach, we bundled three infrastructure jobs together to try to find some efficiencies, and it looks like we were successful there,” said CAO Cory Armfelt at town council’s April 14 meeting.
These projects include the 62nd Avenue Water Main Replacement ($1,150,000; replacement of cast iron water line, valves and services), 56th Street Water Main Extension ($394,000; new water pipeline to allow water looping in the Eureka Industrial subdivision) and the Wastewater Siphon Flushing Vault ($250,000; for the flushing and removal of sedimentation from the three pipelines crossing under the river).
“It’s a very important replacement,” said public works director Gary Scherer, referencing the 62nd Avenue component of the tender. “We’re trying to get all of the cast iron out of numerous places in Taber.”
Three tenders were listed for the project, and all included a 10 per cent contingency and five per cent GST. These included Ground Tech Enterprises Inc. ($1,500,499.09), Jenex Contracting Ltd. ($1,997,528.51), and BYZ Enterprises Inc. ($2,104,197.38).
The total cost estimate for the 2020 Utility Upgrades Tender (including engineering and testing and a 10 per cent contingency) was $1,794,000 (exclusive of GST).
According to administration, completion of the projects will promote better potable water access for residents and provides flushing of the sanitary pipelines to the lagoons.
Following discussion at the April 14 meeting, council voted unanimously to award the 2020 Utility Upgrades Tender to Ground Tech Enterprises Ltd.
for $1,500,499.05 (inclusive of GST), with funds to be allocated from the 2020 capital budget.