Pouce Coupe’s skate park is a go.
At the July 19 council meeting, council agreed to waive the requirement to RFP and/or tender in order to reward the construction contract to Canadian Ramp Company.
“My belief is that Canadian Ramp Company is the company to do this,” said CAO Chris Leggett, explaining that options are limited, as is time. “They can do it this year — they are looking at the last week of September.”
In his recommendation to council, Leggett says Urban Systems “has completed site survey work and is in the final stages of completing the other planning and engineering work for the park,” work which is “forecasted” to come in at $45,120.00, “higher than originally anticipated, but considering the forecasted cost of the park construction of $301,707.00, the main portion of the park can still be built within this year’s budget.”
The skate park was budgeted at $350,000 in the 2018-2022 Financial Plan for 2018.
The tight budget “would mean an additional amount in 2019 for any final landscaping (trees, benches, picnic tables, lighting etc.)”
In his recommendation, Leggett admits, “it is common in these types of large construction project to have unforeseen hiccups or hindrances occur that can often put the projects slightly over budget. Given the shortened window, it is also possible that some of the final construction extend to 2019.”
Council had agreed to the design at the June 6 council meeting.
Councillor Barb Smith asked why this project, as well as other projects, are not happening until later in the year, “Are we not looking ahead farther to get these things planned, so that they’re put in June, July, August, instead of September, October, November?”
Leggett says, however, the speed at which they’ve moved on the skate park is largely unprecedented.
“The comments I’ve received from everyone on that project is that we’ve done it in record time,” he explained.
The speed, he says, has caused misunderstandings with Urban Systems.
“Admittedly, I’d like to have had that report from Urban Systems back in March, April — I have an email chain that supports that I kicked that off well ahead of time — they kind of viewed it as a three to four year project for us, too, from what they say. They didn’t realize we were as serious as we are.”
While the Village owns the land, they had asked the school district for feedback on the park which would be located behind Pouce Elementary. At the June 20 SD 59 board meeting, the school district had agreed they had no concerns, and that it wouldn’t impede potential future expansion.