On their website and Facebook page, Tudor and Cashel Township announced a Request for Proposal, numbered 2021-04, for work required to their municipal office/community centre to make it more accessible on May 19. This work includes an extension of the roof, the installation of a sidewalk/ramp and the supply and installation of a power assisted accessible exterior door. The RFP closes on June 16 at 11 a.m.
The winning bidder for this RFP will be required to install a roof extension covering around two sides of the municipal building/community centre as per supplied plans, install and extend the accessible concrete ramp and railing and supply and install a power assisted accessible exterior door. In addition to this, there are also some ancillary tasks expected; removal of the existing metal tower, remove the existing flower bed and replace it with the new concrete ramp, extend the existing sidewalk at the front of the building, perform any cutting and patching of any external walls and/or sidewalk as required for all removals, installations or any new or altered wall perforations.
Sheryl Scott, deputy clerk and administrative assistant, says that the township had applied for and gotten funding from the Enabling Accessibility Fund. The EAF gives out funding for projects that make communities and workplaces in Canada more accessible for persons with disabilities. It aims to create more opportunities for persons with disabilities to participate in community activities, programs and services or to gain access to employment opportunities.
“We currently have an accessible ramp to the community centre/municipal building, but we wanted to extend it in the opposite direction. This would allow easier access to the building from the parking lot,” she says.
Scott says the township also wanted to add the covered roof, which would add to the safety and comfort of residents entering the building during weather events. The power assisted door, according to Scott, will be like the one at the main entrance of the municipal office, only single, which she feels will add to the ease of use for those entering the building.
“I am pleased to say that I have received inquiries regarding the RFP already, which is a good sign as it was just published late last week prior to the long weekend.”
Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times