Mississauga-based firm Maple Reinders was the low bid received and was awarded the contract for the final phase of the Reclaimed Water Project – a joint initiative between the City of Dawson Creek and Shell Canada – at a cost of about $5.76 million. Under an agreement reached last year, Shell will reimburse the city for the cost of constructing the reclaimed water plant, while city taxpayers will cover the cost of building the truck fill station.
The first phase of the Reclaimed Water Project involved the construction of three Submerged Attached Growth Reactors (SAGR) cells and associated facilities and site work. Chief administrative officer Jim Chute said the total project remains on budget and on time, providing the microbial community required for the SAGR cells is provided ample time and conditions to grow.
In total, Shell will provide $9.75 million towards the cost of the project and the city will provide an estimated $1.5 million. In exchange, Shell retains the rights to the first 3,400 cubic metres per day of the reclaimed water over a 10-year period and the city has the rights to the next 1,100 cubic metres per day, with any additional product being evenly split between the two parties, with Shell paying for its share.
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Council’s intent for the project was to reduce the demand from the oil and gas industry in the area on the city’s potable bulk water by offering the treated effluent as an alternative.
Council also awarded two contracts related to fire protection in the city.
The first was to upgrade a water supply line to a fire curtain – a structure designed to prevent fires from spreading to other buildings – inside the Memorial Arena in order to meet current BC Building Code standards. The tender for the work closed July 12 with no bids received, and as a result city staff secured a sole-source contract worth $35,500 from B3 Fire Protection. Staff reported that the bid meets the tender specifications and is within the project budget, and that the firm contracted id capable of completing all areas identified in the tender package.
The second contract awarded was for the replacement of seven overhead doors at the fire hall that had been in service for over 20 years and are deteriorating, causing heat loss and increased repair costs for the building. The contract was awarded to Dice Petroleum for just under $23,000.
Lastly, a contract was awarded to complete the NAR (Northern Alberta Railways) Museum Foundation Stabilization Project. The project scope was divided into three stages with each stage encompassing roughly one third of the building, but due to the bids received for the project last year coming in to high only phase 2 and phase 3 were completed, leaving the east end of the building, where the museum and interpretive centre are located, incomplete. That phase of the project has been awarded to Hegge Construction, the firm responsible for completing the other two phases of the project, and the only company to bid on the last phase.
Chute said with the exception of the Reclaimed Water Plant and truck fill station tender, the above mentioned tenders received only two, one or no bids.
“This is unfortunately the environment we work in – we are lucky to get tenders for any of our work,” said Chute. “It has a negative, upward pressure on pricing when there are so few bidders.”