Two proposed outdoor washrooms to go back to the drawing board

CORRECTION – A previous version of this story stated the city received three bids for the tender to build the washrooms. The city in fact received only two bids, both of which were well over the City’s budget.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  The City of Fort St. John will need to rethink the plan for two outdoor washrooms at  Matthews Park and the Skate Park.

Staff previously issued a Request for Proposals to build a public washroom at each park earlier this year. The project’s budget was $380,000 for the two facilities.

Fort St. John-based companies WL Constuction and Kalmar Construction Ltd. placed bids of $568,840.00 and $468,420.00 respectively. Councillor  Bruce Christensen asked if city staff tried to negotiate with the lowest bidder, Kalmar Construction, as it was a route that had been taken in the past.

General Manager of Community Services Wally Ferris said that the closest of the two bids was around $100,000 over the City’s budget, and no further negotiations took place. Ferris said he felt that there was too much of a gap, and wanted to stick to a building standard. Council voted in favour of finding an alternative solution to getting facilities installed.