Mono Council approves contractor for bridge reconstruction on 15 Sideroad

April 3, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Jasen Obermeyer

Mono Council has approved a contractor for reconstruction of the bridge on 15 Sideroad between the 3rd and 4th Line EHS.

At last week’s council meeting (Mar. 13) Michael Dunmore, the town’s director of public works, gave a report on the bids of several contractors to reconstruct the bridge.

He recommended to council that they accept South Shore Contracting of Essex, Ontario for the bridge reconstruction. The tender price is $936,238 including all taxes.

“We’ve never had this contractor work for us before, however, they’ve worked in Simcoe County last year, and they also have won a tender in the Town of Caledon this year as well. We are happy with this,” Mr. Dunmore told council.

Councillor Fred Nix asked Mr. Dunmore if the structure would be on private property.

“We’ve solidified all of our landowner agreements as of last week, we have Hydro One ready to start moving some hydro poles, and the road will be realigned and the structure will be put on town lines,” Mr. Dunmore explained.

Councillor Ralph Manktelow voiced his concern on the contractors’ track record. South Shore Contracting, established in May 2017, had listed only one bridge-related project that had been completed by their firm.

Mr. Dunmore assured council that “the tendering process is thorough enough that we get qualified contractors,” and explained the founding partners have extensive experience working on bridge-related projects prior to starting their own company, while reference contacts had noted prior projects completed on time and within budget.

Council unanimously approved acceptance of the South Shore Contracting bid.

Council then briefly discussed the recommendation of contractors for material and lawn maintenance.

Mr. Dunmore recommended Joe Kerr Limited of Wingham, with whom the town has dealt before. The price is for $13.45 per tonne including all taxes to “supply, load, haul & spread approximately 17,000 tonnes of granular “M” material, on various roads.”

For lawn maintenance on various properties throughout the municipality, he recommended Wooden Shoes Lawn Care from Hillsburgh, for $1,270.12 (per cut) including all taxes.

After a brief discussion, Deputy Mayor Ken McGhee introduced a motion to accept the two contractors and prices, which was seconded by Councillor Manktelow, and unanimously approved by Council.

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