The County of Stettler awarded a contract to build a concrete swale in the Hamlet of Botha during their regular council meeting July 8.
Councillors read a memo prepared by Brad Plehnert, manager of engineering and facilities, that described the project and the subsequent tender results.
“On May 22, 2020 the County of Stettler advertised the Botha concrete swale project on the Alberta Purchasing Connection (APC) and the county website.
“Advertisements were also placed in newspapers for the circulations of May 28 and June 4. The procurement process undertaken followed the requirements of county procurement policy based on pre-bid construction estimate value.
“Tenders were received and opened. The bids received are summarized before GST as follows: D&H Concrete (Acheson, Alta, total $51,400.48), Fortune Oilfield Construction Ltd. (Lloydminister, Sask. total $73,979.40), and 1287104 Alberta Ltd. o/a Klassen Construction (Stettler, total $19,084.50).”
“A COR submission was not a direct submission requirement based on the estimated value of work to be completed but was noted as potential award decision criteria,” noted the memo.
“The county health and safety program has provisions for orienting contractors under county program for small low-risk projects.”
During debate, councillors noted the large disparity between two of the three bids.
Director of Operations Rick Green answered councillors questions by stating the two higher bidders are not from this area and it appeared the local bidder seemed to understand the project better.
Green stated the area in question is south of the school and involves a shallow pipe running across the main road. Some problems popping up include frozen pipes and water backups along with pavement breaking up.
Councillors discussed the fact the low bidder did not submit the COR information.
According to the provincial government’s website, a Certificate of Recognition (COR) is awarded to employers who develop health and safety programs that meet established standards.
Coun. James Nibourg stated that with smaller projects this isn’t unusual.
Councillors voted 6 to 1 in favour of awarding the project to 1287104 Alberta Ltd. o/a Klassen Construction, with Coun. Dave Grover voting against.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter