Council plows through agenda

By Geoff Lee

March 24, 2016 10:01 AM

Read before you reap. That’s the message city Council is giving farmers who bid on farm lease lands owned by the city following a submission by resident Terry Elkow.
Elkow came to council last Monday concerned that the listed acreages for the 10 tendered leases didn’t measure the amount of cultivated land versus uncultivated land.
“We used a measuring system of fence line to fence line and he’s saying the farmable acres and the cultivated acres were not the same,” explained Coun. Lachlan Cummine
Cummine said council took the comments under advisement.
He further stated, “Like any tendering, the land is laid out and it goes back to the person that’s tendering to have a good look at it to see what is farmable and what they can use and then bid accordingly.”
The farm leases went through a Request for Proposals system this year with the bidding process open from Feb. 1-22.
The city generated total lease revenue of $171,554.30 at $51.51 an acre compared to $142,094.30 last year at $30 per acre.
City reboots computers
The city will spend $76,580 this year to buy new laptop and desktop computers from CDW Canada following a Request for Quotation process.
The purchase includes monitors, memory and hard drive upgrades,
City owned laptops are refreshed on a three year life cycle and desktops are refreshed on a four year life cycle.
Council explained when the hardware has reached the end of the life cycle, it is redeployed for training purposes or to staff that only require minimal use of computers.
Raising the BAR
BAR Engineering was awarded a $107,000 consulting agreement to design the city’s 2016 water and sewer main replacement program along with construction management.
The services contract followed a Request for Proposals process.
The water and sewer replacement program is an annual one based on age of pipe, and past performance of water and sewer lines.

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