RFP awarded for new Wingham water tower engineering work

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WINGHAM – The request for proposals (RFP) to engineer and design of a new water tower in Wingham was awarded to RJ Burnside and Associates for $160,059.88.

The RFP was separated into two parts. Both consultants provided a clear proposal for consideration, a report to council said.

The report by Jamie McCarthy, director of public works in North Huron, added, "Both of these consultants have knowledge in North Huron's system and have completed various aspects of investigation for the township in relation to this asset. Staff are very comfortable with both firms.”

The bid amounts received are as follows:

- BM Ross: Part 1 - $92,324.00, Part 2 - $91,233.00

- RJ Burnside: Part 1 – $74,002.50, Part 2 - $90,057.38

The existing water tower in Wingham was built in 1974. There were significant repairs completed in 1984, and an audit in 2015 discovered that replacement was going to be necessary soon.

The report presented to council provided the following information:

“In 2015, RJ Burnside completed an audit of the Wingham Standpipe. As a result of the investigation, it was determined that the standpipe had degraded to the extent that action was required.

“In 2016, a request for proposal for engineering services was issued to guide the municipality through an environmental assessment process. This work was awarded to BM Ross and was later incorporated into the township’s Master Servicing Plan. The Master Servicing Plan was funded through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) program.”

The 2021 budget includes $75,000 for engineering works related to the Wingham standpipe.

To have a shovel-ready project when the township can secure funding for the standpipe, McCarthy recommended council authorizes engineering and design work to proceed, and RJ Burnside be appointed as the project manager.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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