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REPORTING · 11th July 2013
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council got some interesting news on Monday, July 8th at their Committee of the Whole Meeting. The Walkway Reconstruction Plans for the down town core would have to be deffered until 2014.

“No tenders were received for the above contract which was closed Thursday, July 4th 2013. The estimated project cost was $400,000 to complete the replacement and enhancement of the down town interior walkways between lower City Centre parking lot and the Post Office Building,” wrote Tim Gleig, Director of Engineering, in a memo which was given to Council at the meeting.

The memo explains there has been a reduction in contractors over the last two years bidding for Municipal works as well as an increase in production costs. While several options were recommended, option three, present the work as a part of a larger package for 2014 was recommended.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff made the motion to deffer the walkways. “They are saying that it’s over budget, there is a lot of competition for contractors and there are some reasons to add it to the 2014,” said Feldhoff.

He did note that there was an option for Phase Construction. He wanted to know if they could make some progress. He was told by Gleig the District does not have the manpower to do it in pieces. He stated they did not get a single tender.

Councillor Rob Goffinet stated the Council wanted to do this but were not able to because there were no tenders. The motion was called and carried.

“You can certainly tell how busy you are in town when you don’t even get a bid for something like that,” said Mayor Joanne Monaghan.
Borthen Development Buisness Facade Improvements
Comment by CEM on 27th July 2013
Just read in Northern Development paper that there is money available to northern communities for Buisness Facade Improvements of $20,000. Did the District of Kitimat apply or were they not approved. There has been 114 million in funding committed to 1,212 projects throughout Central and Northern Communities. Very intersting article.