City settles $45,000 claim
Coun. Irvine Ferris, chair of the Waterworks committee pictured at Monday's council meeting. During the meeting further steps were approved to make repairs to the Wastewater Treatment Plant in order for it to comply with new Provincial guidelines. (ROBIN DUDGEON/THE DAILY GRAPHIC/QMI AGENCY)
Much progress was made at Monday’s council meeting where steps were approved to comply with repairs to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, a damage claim from 2008 was resolved, and a new electrical contract was tendered out.
Wastewater treatment agreement approved
An agreement between The Manitoba Water Services Board (MWSB) and the City was approved at Monday’s council meeting regarding the upgrades at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The Province mandated earlier this year that the City comply with new nutrient removal guidelines by Jan. 1, 2016. To begin to comply with these guidelines the City must begin design work at the cost of $1 million, of which the City will pay half.
AECOM Engineering, which has worked with the City before on the Wastewater Treatment plant, has been awarded these services. The final cost of the project is $983,000.00.
Damage settlement approved
The City of Portage la Prairie approved a damage settlement at Monday’s council meeting against Paul’s Hauling in the amount of $45,000.
The decision closes a claim filed in 2008 against Paul’s Hauling after a truck delivering lime to the Water Treatment Plan damaged the lime silo. Compressed air from the truck’s off-loading system stressed the metal panels of the silo.
Negotiations began between the two parties after the City obtained a report from an engineering firm, a quote from the original manufacturer of the silo, and then repaired the silo.
Delays in getting a quote and completing the repairs, as well as objections from Paul’s Hauling to the quote, engineering report, and the need for repairs caused the City’s insurance claim period to expire.
This then caused the City’s lawyers to make a claim against Paul’s Hauling for $60,000, which was resolved at Monday’s meeting by accepting the other party’s offer.
Electrical tender awarded
The City awarded its electrical services to V & R Electric at Monday’s council meeting at the cost of $54,157.60.
The outfit has done high quality work for the City since 1983. The tender required each City facility to budget for electrical repairs as well as to factor in an estimate of the total number of hours for journeymen and apprentices over a three year period.
The contract is good for three years ending Sept. 30, 2015.