CORNWALL – The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry is taking some of its contract work in-house.
Citing issues in getting competitive bids for street sweeping services, the Counties’ transportation department sought and received approval at the July 18 Counties Council meeting to proceed with buying a street sweeper of their own.
“I think it is an exciting opportunity for SDG – not only to our staff but to serve the local municipalities,” said Transportation Director Ben deHaan. “The reality is there just isn’t anyone providing this service in the area anymore.”
SDG normally contracts this service out for maintaining bridges, curbs in settlement areas, and clearing catch basins. This year, the contracted cost to SDG $150 per hour.
deHaan told council that in buying the street sweeper next year, SDG can do this work at an operational cost of $170 per hour, but also provide street sweeping services to the six municipalities that make up the Counties. The equipment is estimated to cost up to $475K.
SDG use municipal modernization funding already received from the provincial government, combined with some departmental reserves for the purchase, which will arrive in 2023.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader