County of Wetaskiwin council awarded a major road contract to a low bidder at their regular Public Works council meeting June 24.
The road, Twp Rd #460, is related to the G3 Canada grain terminal project along Hwy. #2A south of Wetaskiwin, and involves quite a bit of work on the municipal township road.
The results of the public tender were presented by Director of Public Works Neil Powell.
“At the May 6, 2019 budget meeting, Council reviewed and approved the 2019 Municipal Capital and Operating Budget which included $4,669,200.00 for Project PW3107 – Tender Results – G3 Road – TWP RD 460 and RGE RD 240; Grading and BF73122, BF1323, BF72952 and Other Work,” stated Powell in his report.
“The G3 road is described as TWP RD 460 from RGE RD 242 to RGE RD 240 (3.12 km) and RGE RD 240 from TWP RD 460 to HWY 613 (3.30 km). This project includes clearing and grubbing, topsoil and subsoil stripping and excavation, common excavation, borrow, fence removal, installation of temporary and new fence, Bridge Files 73122, 1323 and 72952 replacements, small diameter culvert replacement, gravel surfacing and other work.
“The design and tender completed by ROHI Engineering Ltd. was advertised on the Alberta Purchasing Connection and in the Pipestone Flyer newspaper. The tender closed on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 with the following bids received from a total of seven bidders: Iron Addicts $2,749,304.16, Pidherney’s Inc. $3,620,710.48, Crow Enterprises $3,801,854.80, Prairie North $3,889,532.00, West-Can $3,963,918.00, Central Construction Group $4,772,311.90 and Abalone Group $5,214,276.20.”
ROHI Engineering, represented by Randal Trites and Aaron Roberts, were at the council meeting. ROHI recommended the highly experienced Pidherney’s get the job. “…utilizing the rating guide contained in the tender document, Pidherney’s Inc. rated #1 followed by Crow Enterprises Ltd. and Iron Addicts Construction Inc.,” stated the ROHI letter signed by Trites.
“Based on the County of Wetaskiwin rating guide, ROHI Engineering Ltd. must recommend Pidherney’s Inc. with a total tender value of $3,620,710.48 to be awarded the contract. We have reviewed the bid submitted by Pidherney’s Inc. and found they have met the contractual requirements at the bid stage.”
During discussion, the fact Iron Addicts bid much lower than Pidherney’s was mentioned. Powell stated that Iron Addicts is a new company.
Trites noted that Iron Addicts did not provide any references either and the Iron Addicts bid had numerous mathematical errors as well.
Councilor Kathy Rooyakkers noted that, if newer companies can’t get any work, they can never accumulate any references.
Councilor Lyle Seely asked if Iron Addicts would provide a bond to which Powell answered yes. “Somebody’s backing them,” said Powell.
Reeve Terry Van de Kraats said it’s nice to give new people a chance, “…but we need protection too.”
Councilors unanimously approved awarding the tender to Iron Addicts Construction Ltd.
This project runs from the G3 terminal entry point east along #460 and north. This is a County of Wetaskiwin project that will move ahead immediately.