Lansdowne water project to proceed

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Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands council has authorized staff to engage J.L. Richards and Associates Limited for engineering services to complete a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment and preliminary design for a new treated water storage facility in the village of Lansdowne in the amount of $75,973.

This occurred during the Sept. 6 committee of the whole meeting.

At a meeting on June 13, council authorized staff to proceed with a request for proposals (RFP) to engage a firm to undertake a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) to address the recommendation regarding the standpipe and water supply approvals identified in the update prepared by J.L. Richards and Associates Limited (JLR) to the Lansdowne Serviced Area Infrastructure and Growth Readiness Study.

The RFP was issued publicly and closed on Aug. 11. Two submissions were received. The submissions received were evaluated on criteria weighted 70 per cent technical and 30 per cent financial.

Council heard that JLR scored the highest of the submissions received. In addition to completing the update to the study, JLR is a large organization with a wealth of experience and expertise with MCEAs and infrastructure master plans.

As part of the scope of work, a natural heritage investigation will be completed. For such investigation, JLR will oversee IDEA Inc. and Cambium Inc., which will be providing the work.

The cost of the MCEA will be funded from the Water Reserve Fund.

(Keith Dempsey is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)

Keith Dempsey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times