NORTH PERTH – Council awarded a tender for the construction of an Atwood Water Storage, Danbrook Fire Reservoir to Wellington Construction for the amount of $437,000, HST excluded, on Nov. 8.
“This is an award of the project of the construction of a water reservoir, mainly for fire suppression at this point but it will be integrated into the potable water system in the future,” said Manager of Operations Lyndon Kowch. “It’s in response to our research that we have been doing with the consulting firm BM Ross and Associates regarding water supply throughout Atwood which will be a phased approach.”
He said that one of the phases of the proposed upgrade to Atwood’s water supply is the Highway 23 resurfacing project which the municipality hopes will include a water main.
“So the reservoir was tendered out as part of this process, supplying also fire suppression to the new subdivision coming up,” he said.
The project is being coordinated with the Atwood subdivision build, so Kowch said there are some timing issues with it and they are building through the winter at an additional cost to meet dates that will happen in the spring for the subdivision.
“The two bids that were received, one was under budget at $437,000 and has been reviewed by the engineer,” said Kowch. “The other was $710,000. (It was) over the anticipated budget.”
The lowest bid is well below the estimated construction budget of $675,000, which includes HST. Construction is anticipated to start almost immediately within November, with a project completion date of Jan. 28, 2022.
North Perth and B.M. Ross have both had previous positive experiences with Wellington Construction.
Colin Burrowes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Listowel Banner