By Trevor Busch
Paving work slated for the community in 2018 has come in under budget to the tune of a quarter of a million dollars.
The 2018 Street Improvements Project includes 50th Avenue overlay from Highway 864 to 50th Street ($1,210,000), Westview Phase 1 ($80,000), biannual surface work concrete ($425,000), and biannual asphalt milling and overlay ($246,000).
Highlighting an Aug. 15 deadline for the overlay work on 50th Avenue, public works director Gary Scherer assured council this date would be adhered to.
“We want to emphasize that 50th Avenue be done before Cornfest,” said Scherer.
The town received five other tender submissions, including McNally Contractors Ltd. ($1,466,178.95), Venture Holdings Ltd. ($1,683,489.89), Transit Paving Inc. ($1,698,670.05), East Butte Contracting Inc. ($1,941,632.67), and Aecon Transportation ($2,168,564.48).
The preliminary cost estimate for the 46th Street Crescent and 52nd Avenue improvement was $380,000, which exceeded the overall budget. As the overall contract had come in significantly under budget, administration recommended adding $190,000 to finish the 46th Avenue Crescent and 52nd Avenue improvement in 2018.
The town budgeted $1,961,000 for the street improvements in 2018. Engineering costs total $138,223.85, which still results in surplus of $250,537.65 overall for the project.
Following discussion, council voted unanimously to award the 2018 Street Improvements Tender to Tollestrup Construction Inc. for $1,451,350.43, inclusive of GST. In a follow-up motion, council voted unanimously to direct staff to proceed with construction of the northern portion of the 46th Street Crescent and 52nd Avenue, with the cost not to exceed $190,000.
Coun. Louie Tams was absent from the meeting.