By Nikki Jamieson
Another paving project is set to get underway this summer in Vauxhall.
During their regular June 19 meeting, Vauxhall town council reviewed quotes for an upcoming paving project on 7th Avenue.
“We put in our capital budget to do some paving, and for 7th Avenue, it came in a little higher then planned,” said Margaret Plumtree, mayor of Vauxhall.
Council had originally budgeted $120,000 for the project, which would see 7th Avenue paved from 7th Street to 9th Street, or the length of the school. However, the lowest quote came in at $159,000, with the next closest coming in at $215,000 — both significantly more than budgeted.
“When we first gave council our original budget, the numbers were based on the number we got for the fall,” said Cris Burns, CAO for Vauxhall. “When we had reissued the quote after the winter, it had changed, and that’s how much it changed.”
According to Burns, the contractor that had bid $215,000 on the project had originally bid lower then $120,000 last fall, much the council’s surprise.
“I think they gave us a quote too quick, without the base work and all of that, because it does need some base work.”
The paving on 7th Avenue will be done around the same time the 4th Street is being paved, although no timeframe of when it would be done was stated during the council meeting. Coun.(s) Richard Phillips and Matin Kondor requested that they talk to the contractor to make sure that both projects were done this year.
Kondor also inquired if they could put stops signs at the 7 Avenue/7 Street intersection, noting that “you’ll definitely want one at the school”.
He suggested that if there was too many stop signs on the street, they could move some already posted on the road.
Council agreed it would be a good idea to place stop signs there, but no decision was formally made.
Council passed a motion to award the 7 Avenue paving tender F. Miller Excavating Ltd. with a bid of $120,000. As the bid came in over budget, council had to pass a motion to transfer $30,000 to the paving project from the Ice Plant capital cost, which had came in under budget.