St. John’s city council is set to vote on several big-ticket contracts at today’s meeting, including one in which all bids received exceed the budget for the project.
The city received just one tender for maintenance on concrete curbs, gutters and sidewalks, from Infinity Construction for $1.6 million.
Infinity Construction also bid $401,695 for a second contract for sidewalk repairs, but deputy city manager Paul Mackey recommends the city go with Clarke’s Trucking and Excavating’s lower bid of $363,871.
But the bids received for repair and replacement of retaining walls throughout the city has the city considering reducing the scope of the project this year.
Carew Services, Infinity Construction and Horseshoe Hill Construction bid $2.2 million, $2.8 million and $3.2 million, respectively, on the retaining wall work, all coming in at least $1 million over the allocated budget of $1.2 million.
“The new scope of work will see four walls removed from the program from a total of 14 originally and an additional four walls added as provisionals to be completed if savings are realized on walls in the main list,” wrote the city’s director of engineering, Brendan O’Connell, in a report for council that recommends awarding the tender to low bidder Carew, and reducing the scope of the work as well as the value of the contract, to $1.3 million.