Lloydminster city council has decided to move forward on a $1.74 million contract without putting it out to tender for potential bids.
On Monday, councillors awarded the mechanical waste water treatment facility preliminary design to ISL Engineering and Land Services, from Edmonton, for the cost of $1.74 million.
“There was concern that a tender of this magnitude, which is just under $1.8 million, should be subjected to a tendering process,” Coun. Linnea Goodhand said. “That is absolutely true and that is what we do here at the city, we try to ensure that we get the best product for the least amount of dollars.
“ISL was chosen for this particular stage because we are already a couple of stages into the project, and we are a few stages into the project and to go back and start fresh with a different consultant would not be terribly cost effective and certainly not time effective as well.”
Goodhand said that the city decided that they would use the expertise that the city already has to go forward.
“We want to be progressive and time effective as well,” she added.
“The current mechanical waste water treatment facility is a SAGR system, which basically uses a lagoon.” Goodhand said, adding that the lagoons are a major part of the system and they have hit critical mass.
“It’s currently doing as much as it can for a city of our size and we need to either improve it or expand it, or make a bold change to a new system,” she said.
Councillors made the decision to go ahead, “to make those bold changes,” according to Goodhand.
Goodhand said that the change would go to a mechanical system.
If there is no change, the system would begin to fail.
“Then the Saskatchewan Water Security would come in and penalize us for failing,” said Goodhand.
Goodhand said that this move would make sure that the citizens’ needs were being met.
“We are fine right now, but the needs assessments say that we won’t be fine for long. So the decision is what do we do and how quickly do we do it and how much will it cost us?”
Goodhand said that the new system will be beneficial to the environment, which the city aspires to.
“The expectation would be that it will provide better quality of water at the end of the system,” she said.
“In the perfect world, there might be some good use for the clean water that comes out the other end.”
Goodhand said that there will be some budget requests to move the project forward, but the consultant that has been hired as of today was to provide them with a preliminary design.
“We are still in the question asking phase, so that they can provide us with the answers,” she said. “Then it will come before council as budget asks.”
Goodhand said that the end goal is to have the new system in place for up to 40 years.