No line-up for these washrooms

Tenders incomplete

By Eric Howald

The federal government’s Infrastructure Stimulus Fund has perhaps done its job too well.


June 2, Kincardine council let a construction contract for sewer, water, sidewalks and road work that was $300,000 over budget.


At the June 9 meeting, council was told that two calls for tenders for new washrooms at Connaught Park had proved fruitless.


Clerk Donna MacDougall said there was one incomplete submission for the construction of new washrooms in the park and none for the agricultural hall renovations. Another call for tenders for the job resulted in two incomplete submissions.


Since one of the bidders the second time around believes he can get a bond, MacDougall suggested council bypass the tendering process and work with the one bidder.


Under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, Kincardine, the province and the federal government will each contribute $100,000 for the work. The original tender calls for the removal of the current washrooms in the park with a new building put up behind home plate of the centre diamond.


Since the bids that did come in were over budget, the municipality will have to look at some other options. Costs could be cut by simply replacing the old washrooms – that would eliminate the cost of connecting the new site to water and sewer ($5,000) and hydro ($4,000) lines. Another option, said MacDougall, would be to do just half the project by leaving out the renovations to the agricultural hall - washrooms and kitchen area renovations plus installation of automatic doors at the main entrance. Money could also be saved by having municipal staff remove the current washroom.


Estimated time of doing the work is four months.  


After further discussion, council asked MacDougall to bring all the possible options to the June 16 meeting of council as well as a negotiated price.