The roads in the Town of Stettler are poised to be somewhat smoother after town council awarded an almost $1 million paving contract at their April 5 regular meeting.
Councillors read the results of a tender presented by Director of Operational Services Melissa Robbins regarding a major paving project already budgeted for by town council for the summer of 2022.
“The capital budget includes $750,000 to rehabilitate 44 Avenue from 39 to 50 Street, $150,000 for asphalt repair patches and $100,000 for pathway expansions,” noted Robbins in her report to council.
“Tender packages were put together by Tagish Engineering and advertised on the Alberta Purchasing Connection.
“The tender included asphalt costs for the pathway expansion but will require additional expenditures for town staff to construct the base work and complete drainage improvements required for the pathway location.”
Three companies submitted proposals for the work, including TJ Paving ($696,616.50), Central City Asphalt ($826,508.75) and Border Paving ($828,404.50), all of whom at the meeting were described as Red Deer companies.
Robbins pointed out the tenders do not include GST or contingency.
The only part of the project that had a contingency amount listed was the 44 Ave. rehabilitation, about which Robbins commented that money was set aside in case something unforeseen is discovered during the project. The contingency amount listed was $75,000. Total engineering costs were listed in the report were $57,000 and the total expected expenditure of the project was listed as $948,471.50.
Robbins stated in her report it was staff’s recommendation that TJ Paving be offered the job and noted the Town of Stettler has not directly hired this contractor before. However, it was noted TJ Paving has sub-contracted for other companies who’ve worked for the town, and TJ Paving’s references came in quite favourably.
Robbins further commented it’s possible TJ Paving’s tender was significantly lower than the other two because TJ Paving will already be in the Stettler area working this summer.
Councillors unanimously approved the staff recommendation of offering the work to TJ Paving.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter