NORTH HURON – Jamie McCarthy, North Huron’s director of public works, informed council on Aug. 9 that the Request for Proposals (RFP) for new exterior doors and siding at the North Huron Children’s Centre in Wingham resulted in two submissions.
Mapleton Exteriors Limited bid $31,992.84 excluding taxes, and Neptune Security Services Inc submitted a bid of $84,138.
McCarthy’s report said the RFP detailed the scope of the required work and gave construction companies the ability to bid on the project while adhering to strict township requirements.
She told council that the requirements included a reliable method of ensuring that the work would be performed by a company that met health and safety standards, COVID-19 measures, experience, and quality standards with no impact on the facility's day-to-day operations.
There was a mandatory site meeting held on July 8 that was well attended, she said.
Mapleton Exteriors Ltd. was the only eligible bid that met all the RFP requirements. Neptune Security Services was not present at the mandatory site meeting.
This project will upgrade the exterior siding to vertical vinyl siding and replace the six exterior doors from wood to steel frame construction, and two of the doors will be equipped with opening hardware to meet the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
As part of the 2021 budget process, $36,250 was allocated towards replacing the doors and siding coming from the daycare’s reserves.
Daycare staff successfully applied for funding to assist in the door replacement costs. As a result, Huron County provided the daycare with approximately $23,000 for doors and upgraded lighting.
McCarthy said that this project is well within the budgeted amount. With the funding, fewer funds will be required from reserves.
Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times