“We expected a $2 million project,” said Darcy Bachman at the Town of Stettler council meeting on August 20, 2013, “[the Stettler Recreation Centre renovation] comes in at $1.8 million; why are we nickel and diming?”
Concern had been expressed by some council members that the library ceiling upgrade had got into the bid documents without council’s knowledge and wanted more financial information on the price difference before making a final decision.
“Separate pricing for the library ceiling was a complicated costing component involving many subs and trades,” said John Hull, of John Hull Architects Ltd. “It could have put pricing in jeopardy if requested during the bidding process, but it is easy to do now should council wish to proceed.”
Hull explained that the open ceiling in the library ties together with the architectural design of the rest of project and adds about $25,000 to $30,000. After much discussion, it was agreed that the project would continue as tendered.
“It’s the showcase piece of our community and architectural aesthetics are an important component,” concluded Mayor Richards.
Greg Switensky, Assistant CAO, advised Council that at the start-up meeting Shunda Construction had received local bids for sub-trades, but unfortunately none of them are being carried.
Unanimous approval was given to overlay and repair the east half of West Stettler Park’s current pathways from the bridge at the spray park up to where the north pathway had been paved last year, for a total of $40,000.
A total of $100,000 had been budgeted for pathways. Approval had already been given to spend $60,000 to remove and replace the deteriorating sidewalk on the hospital grounds with new asphalt and continue the pathway to the intersection of Hwy 12 and 56.
New town shop
Hoopfer Construction, the lowest bidder, was awarded the contract for a shop addition. Five bids were received–the highest was $960,850 and the lowest $653,000.
Work will include installing a new wall separating the existing offices from the existing shop, adding a new mechanic’s bay and completely renovating the office and washroom facilities.
Since the lowest bid was $53,000 over budget, Council directed administration to work in coordination with the contractor and mechanic to find cost saving solutions.
In the 2013 capital budget Council had approved $13,500 to provide a washroom facility in West Stettler Park. The cost of the project was higher than anticipated after learning Alberta Health requires a frost-penetrating vault. Unanimously approval was given to accept the bid from Surface Flow Controls (Edmonton) in the amount of $15,400.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 3, 2013 starting at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.