Vanderhoof, B.C. (Aman Parhar photo)

Vanderhoof road projects of the year stalled due to price hike

Municipal council discuss the five-year capital plan.

Vanderhoof municipal council are discussing the five-year capital plan for the district, and there have been some changes in quotes presented by contractors which has led to implications.

The discussion paper was presented to council by Margaret Stewart, chief financial officer, on Jan. 27 during a regular public meeting.

The original capital plan was presented to council for discussion in October and November last year. Here they saw quotes for projects that need to be completed, and assigned it on the basis of a five-year plan module.

The five-year capital plan is not set in stone yet, and more discussions and public meetings around it, are yet to come.

However, since last November, Urban Systems has updated their quotations for road projects.

Stewart told council that even though most items have remained close to the original, larger road, water and sewer involved projects have seen a considerable hike.

“With the values having increased substantially it may no longer be feasible to keep all the projects in 2020, but to move them into future years,” Stewart wrote in the implications submitted to council.

Due to the massive increase in the price quoted, council has moved a couple of road projects to 2021.

Below are the capital projects for 2020 and quotes being discussed:

1. 2nd Avenue Road, Curb and Sidewalk — Initial quote was $786,000 and the present quote is $2,190,000.

2. Concrete Sidewalks for Victoria W, Burrard, Lampitt — Initial quote was $200,000 and the present quote is $1,180,000.

Lori Egli, chief administrative officer for the district provided the data and said no reasoning has been provided by Urban Systems to staff about the considerable change in quotation.

“Staff is pursuing an explanation,” she said.

During the Jan. 27 public meeting, municipal councillors decided they would move these two projects to 2021.

As the capital plan is in its discussion period, more information will be made available once the municipality schedules meetings around it.

Egli said the meetings will be published and are open to the public.

Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

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