SOUTH DUNDAS – It will cost a bit more than planned, but the Morrisburg roundabout and street-scape project is proceeding.
South Dundas municipal council approved its portion of the now $5 million dollar infrastructure project at a special meeting held June 7.
Earlier in the day, SDG County Council approved the overall tender, which was awarded to Coco Paving Inc. That company’s bid was the only bid received for the project.
Faced with a project that is needed but over-budget, South Dundas council followed suit in providing its stamp of approval. They also had to figure out how to pay for the extra $131,861.80 in costs that South Dundas is on the hook for in the bid. The municipality’s 2021 budget included $250,000 for South Dundas’ share.
First, some provisional items, eight park benches and the concrete pads to install the benches on, were removed. A test pit that was to confirm the location of existing utilities was removed from the budget as it was an “if needed” item. South Dundas CAO Shannon Geraghty told council that if the test pit was needed, it could be funded through the contingency budget. With the removal of these provisional items the South Dundas portion of the project cost will be $351,861.80.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader