Two budget busting bids on arena project

MORRISBURG – The tenders for the Morrisburg Arena project are in and they are all higher than what the Municipality of South Dundas has budgeted for the project.

The tender deadline for the work to replace the refrigeration rink and apron slab was extended to Thursday, May 11 at noon.

By the deadline, two tender bids were received: one from Cruickshank Construction; and the other from Guy Saumure and Sons Construction.

The Cruickshank bid was for $949,188 plus HST.

The Saumure bid was for $795,000 plus HST.

As with any bid, the lowest tender is not necessarily accepted.

South Dundas chief administrative officer and treasurer Shannon Geraghty explained that the tenders will be reviewed by the project manager and then submitted to council for approval at the Tuesday, May 16 meeting.

Council will then decide whether or not to proceed with the slab replacement project.

South Dundas currently has $630,000 budgeted for the arena project, including a $315,000 Trillium funding contribution.

The project is on a tight time line. To take advantage of the Trillium funding allocation, the project must be completed by March 2018.

The necessary work to the arena’s structural columns has been taking place over the last few weeks.

Council approved sole sourcing that repair work to expedite the process as the work had to be completed prior to the refrigeration rink and apron slab replacement. Those repairs were estimated to cost about $75,000.

Ben Macpherson, director of recreation and buildings for South Dundas said that work on the remaining two columns should be completed this week.

After this portion of the column work, insulating and cladding the columns will follow.