Town of Stettler awards sidewalk, water main work for summer 2021

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The Town of Stettler awarded tenders for sidewalk replacement and water main upgrades at the regular council meeting Mar. 16.

Director of Operational Services Melissa Robbins presented councillors with the results of two tenders which were publicly advertised.

“Approved 2021 capital budget is $130,000 to replace miscellaneous sections of concrete throughout the town to ensure compliance with Council Policy XV-3(a) – Sidewalk and Pathways Inspection and Maintenance,” stated Robbins in her memo to council, also noting that this sidewalk replacement work is a regular part of the annual town budget.

The director also noted four bids were received by the Feb. 25 deadline, including Hadley Contracting ($119,065.45), Olds Concrete Services ($121,320), Jo’s Concrete Services Ltd. ($126,320) and J. Branco and Sons Concrete ($148,170.96). Robbins stated all the tender prices excluded GST.

Coun. Wayne Smith asked if the town replaces enough sidewalks every year, or is restricted by budgets. Robbins answered there is no pressure to replace more sidewalks and the replacement has been adequate in past years.

Councillors unanimously awarded the 2021 sidewalk replacement tender to Hadley Contracting in the amount of $119,065.45, and approved expenditures up to $130,000, excluding GST with funding provided by the 2021 capital budget.

Water mains

Robbins then presented the tender results for the 2021 capital budget project to replace the water main and water services in the back alley east of 44 Street between 49 and 50 Avenues. The director noted $280,000 was budgeted by town council for this project.

She noted four bids were received on this project by the Mar. 4 deadline, including Watson Welding ($185,363.86), Wally’s Backhoe Services ($203,391.04), Urban Dirtworks ($236,049.70) and CCK Consulting ($411,593.50). Again, Robbins noted the tenders don’t include GST or contingency.

Robbins noted the low tender, Watson Welding, has not performed water main replacement work before for the Town of Stettler although the company submitted two references for the town to examine and both came back with good results.

Councillors asked who the references were and Robbins noted they were both other municipalities. She stated the project in question is not overly complicated so she’s comfortable working on this with Watson Welding for the first time.

“It is responsible and acceptable industry practice to consider differential risk and experience factors between bidding contractors that could impact the “Total Cost” of the project beyond just the tendered pricing,” stated Robbins in her report to council.

“Full time engineering inspection has been included because of the limited experience based on the references provided by Watson Welding with municipal infrastructure works. Engineering services will be provided by Tagish Engineering Ltd.”

The director stated that the water main work in that alley should take about six weeks to complete and no start time has been identified yet.

Councillors unanimously approved awarding the water main replacement in the back alley east of 44 Street between 49 and 50 Avenues to Watson Welding.

Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, East Central Alberta Review