Stettler City Council awards $1 million paving contract

Roads in the town of Stettler are about to get a little smoother after the city council awarded a nearly $1 million paving contract at its regular April 5 meeting.

Councilors read the results of a tender submitted by Director of Operational Services Melissa Robbins for a major paving project already budgeted by City Council for summer 2022.

“The capital budget includes $750,000 to rehabilitate 44th Avenue from 39th to 50th Street, $150,000 for asphalt repairs and $100,000 for trail expansions,” Robbins noted in his report. to the council.

“Tender documents were prepared by Tagish Engineering and advertised on Alberta Purchasing Connection.

“The tender included asphalt costs for the trail expansion, but will require additional expenditures for city staff to construct the base works and complete the drainage improvements required for the trail location. .”

Three companies submitted proposals for the work, including TJ Paving ($696,616.50), Central City Asphalt ($826,508.75) and Border Paving ($828,404.50), all of which were described during the meeting like businesses in Red Deer.

Robbins pointed out that the offers do not include GST or contingencies.

The only part of the project that had a contingency amount was the rehabilitation of 44th Avenue, about which Robbins said money was set aside in case something unforeseen was discovered during the project. The contingency amount shown was $75,000. The total engineering costs listed in the report were $57,000 and the total planned project expenditures were $948,471.50.

Robbins said in his report that it was staff’s recommendation to offer the job to TJ Paving and noted that the City of Stettler had not directly hired this contractor before. However, it was noted that TJ Paving has subcontracted for other companies that have worked for the city, and TJ Paving’s references have been very favourable.

Robbins added that TJ Paving’s offer may be significantly lower than the other two, as TJ Paving will already be in the Stettler area working this summer.

Councilors unanimously approved the staff’s recommendation to offer the job to TJ Paving.

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