Road maintenance cut with rising costs

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The Township will be spending $216,060 on gravel resurfacing this year.

The lowest of two tender bids was from McKenzie and Henderson Ltd and was over the $220,000 budget by $12,680, so the amount of gravel going out to keep the roads in drivable shape was reduced from 14,000 to 13,000 tonnes.

The report from public works manager Coulter Cahill blames the rise in cost on fuel prices and supply chain issues in 2022.

It is the same reason cited for why dust suppression came in 30 percent over budget. By reducing the quantity from 375 to 300 Flake tonnes, Adelaide Metcalfe will be over the $95,000 budget by $4,870 (plus HST).

Three bids came in, with Pollard Highway Products Ltd getting the reduced contract for $99,870, approved by council April 19.

Chris Gareau, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner

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