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County of Stettler council awards multiple tenders during latest meeting

Stettler County’s council awarded multiple tenders for work during their Aug. 10 meeting.

The first tender awarded was for the construction of a mower garage at the public works yard. This tender follows the awarding, and subsequent paving, of a concrete pad for the project a couple of months back.

For the construction of the mower shed, administration received four bids ranging in price from $28,000 to $61,000. The lowest bid, and contract award, went to Stettler’s own Metalex, who produce prefabricated wall panels and structures.

According to director of operations Rick Green, the panels will be transported and erected on site. The grader shed will 26-feet long, 30-feet wide, and 10-feet high.

The tender for the construction was advertised in local media and on Alberta purchasing connection. In addition, Green informed council that he contacted some local vendors directly to make sure they were aware.

Due to concerns that local vendors are missing out on county projects, Reeve Larry Clarke is having administration address the issue in a future edition of the County Connection.

The awarding of the tender was approved with one councillor voting against.

Gadsby Second Street Tender

The second tender approved by council was some road improvement work in Gadsby.

Improvements on Second Street include removing and replacing the fill under the surface of the section of road along with the resurfacing of it.

Green noted that the bid was “rudimentary” as it did not include all the usual details done for this kind of project. Green said that instead of having the job engineered and being told what he thinks they already know, they plan to use what they learned doing other similar road segments in previous years with a contractor doing the bulk of the work and the county staff doing the final finishing and clean up.

While the initial plan was to have the project completed by the middle of October, the low bid, Border Paving out of Camrose, informed the county that if they were to take on the project it would be done in 2023.

Three bids were received for the project, Border Paving, with a 2023 completion date, at just under $176,500 plus GST, Wally’s Backhoe Service out of Stettler at just over $253,000, with a completion date of this year, and Unsurpassable Construction out of Didsbury with a bid of just under $355,000.

Due to the $70,000 price difference in between getting the job done this year or next, council voted in favour of signing Border Paving and having the job done in 2023.

Maintenance paving

A third tender reviewed by council was for asphalt repair in Buffalo View Estates.

According to Green, the pavement in the area was badly chewed up last year due to public works crews having to dig looking for a water leak in the area. In addition to the asphalt repair, the project also incorporated the addition of some speed bumps to replace some temporary ones, paving some of the walking trails and adding in crosswalks.

Three tenders for the project were received. The low, and chosen, bid was Lahrmann Construction of Lacombe which provided a bid of just over $292,000.

Coun. James Nibourg motioned to award the job to Lahrmann, which was carried. Nibourg further motioned to direct administration that costs associated with the pathway paving should come from the Buffalo Lake reserve fund, which was also carried.

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