Eganville – With the amended tenders for the salt shed coming in under budget, Bonnechere Valley Township is proceeding with the tender and preparing a base to have the job finished in one go.
Council accepted the tender from Wren Construction for $309,500 plus HST. One other quote from Clouthier Construction was also received.
The previous tenders for the new salt shed had come in significantly overbudget, so a modified tender request was sent to previous bidders. The new salt shed is funded through efficiency money from the province.
Works Supervisor Jason Zohr told council last Tuesday afternoon the amended tenders were under budget, so he suggested it would be good to proceed with the project with the amended tenders. The cost of the base, with a rough estimate would be about $16,000, he said. This is on top of the cost of the tender for the salt shed.
“It seems like do it once, do it right,” Mayor Jennifer Murphy said.
Mr. Zohr said the cost of asphalt has taken quite a jump, so this is a factor to consider.
“If your diesel is going up, your asphalt is going up,” Councillor Tim Schison said.
The salt would destroy the concrete on the base, he noted.
“Is there a sealer for the concrete?” he asked.
Mr. Zohr said it would be possible to put on a sealer.
Councillor Jack Roesner asked what his recommendation would be and if they should do the base as well this year.
“It’s done and over with at least this way it is done all in one shot,” Mr. Zohr said.
Debbi Christinck, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader