By Cole Parkinson
With spring in the air, campers will soon be heading down to the Municipal District of Taber Park to get their fill of the outdoors.
When they do arrive, they will notice a new management and maintenance team. M.D. council was brought up to speed on the process of filling the position at their regular meeting held on March 8. Coun. Chantal Klassen excused herself from the discussion citing a conflict of interest. A Request for Proposal (RFP) for the provision of management and maintenance of the M.D. Park campground was issued by administration earlier in the year and the closing date for submissions was Feb. 15. Three proposals were returned to the M.D. — 1110029 AB Ltd. for $80,000, DSB Contracting for $95,000, and JOAT for $125,000.
“Last year we sent out an RFP for our park contractor/facility maintenance and anyways, after the RFP time closed, we had three contractors that were interested,” explained Jason Bullock, director of Agricultural Services. “Having interviewed and visited with the three interested parties, we have decided to give recommendation to our lowest tender of $80,000.”
Council asked if any type of equipment or supplies was supplied to the park manager or if they would supply it themselves. Administration explained several things were supplied to the park manager for the season in order for them to adequately do the job.
“We will have down at the park a lawnmower, a pressure washer on a little trailer they can wash camp kitchens, picnic tables, disinfect all of our stuff, even the play equipment gets disinfected on a regular basis. Also with that, all of the tools that are needed for cleaning bathrooms — all of the bathroom supplies and garbage bags. Weed whips, a Kubota tractor with loader, and I think it’s about 45 horsepower. That will be down at the park, so everything that is needed to take care of the park on a daily basis,” added Bullock.
They also asked if any M.D. staff does work down at the park throughout the summer.
“This year we will supply two summer staff or college kids to also work with this contractor,” replied Bullock. “Last year the contractor was a little bit different. He was supplying all of his own materials and staff. So, this year we changed the contract again to look a little similar to how it has in many years in the past.”
Council also asked about the use of Campspot and if the new manager would be comfortable using the program.
“As we train the new fellow and work with him, that will be a part of our list of things to work with on,” responded Bullock.
A motion to approve a one-year contract agreement for the 2022 season, in the amount of $80,000 be entered into with 1110029 AB LTD. to manage and maintain the M.D. of Taber Park campground, subject to all required background checks, was carried.