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Local contractor wins bid for Colchester County scale house


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Construction is scheduled to begin this summer on a new scale house and related amentities at Colchester County's balefill facility in Kemptown, which will replace the existing facility (seen above). A Salmon River contractor has been selected for the job. JOCELYN TURNER - TRURO DAILY NEWS

TRURO - A Salmon River contractor has been selected as the successful bidder for construction of Colchester County's new scale house at the Kemptown landfill facility.

"It's nice to see that, a local contractor," Councillor Doug MacInnes said, of council's decision to award the contract to Ian Sinclair Contracting.

Sinclair, who won the job with a bid of $401,031 (plus HST), was one of six bidders for the job, which also includes installation of new scales and a new public drop-off facility.

The municipality, which had set a budget of $386,700 for the project, originally tendered for the job last summer but decided to revisit its plans after the lowest bid came in at $720,809.

At the time, the project consisted of two scales, a new one plus relocation of the existing scales, as well as two approaches and the public drop-off facility.

The budget amount was set during the 2010/11 fiscal year.

Given the difference between the lowest bid and the set budget, the municipality re-tendered the project in early March with a reduced scope that included only one scale, one approach and the public drop-off facility.

As well, the approach to the scales was redesigned from asphalt to concrete.

The project is to be completed this year.

Prospective bids:

Ian Sinclair - $401,031.75

Robert Higgins - $482,970.50

Fowler Construction - $493.786.50

Blaine F. MacLane Excavation - $515,424

L&R Construction - $518,907.45

Dexter Construction Company - $684,140

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