worry council members
Some unforeseen costs are
bound to appear
headRichardGuertin. “Theproject hasbeen
Six months after the $35 million
very well managed up to now.”
overhaul of Hawkesbury’s sewage
The job is scheduled to bewrappedupby
treatment system began, some town
council members are worried that cost
ASCO Construction of Hawkesbury has
over-runs have only just started.
been awarded a $29.9 million contract to
Considering thesizeof theproject, some
overhaul the facilitywhichhasbeenplagued
unexpected expenses are bound to crop
by problems for years.
up, town council was reminded at a recent
The firm submitted the lowest of nine
tenders on the project that was originally
Photo Richard Mahoney
estimated to cost $31,699,958.
A tower at the sewage construction site is seen from Confederation Park where birds
The total cost is pegged at $35,648,964.
about $15,356 in extras that were recently
await handouts from visitors. Some council members fear costs will also soar.
The federal andprovincial governments are
approved for the job.Oneamount, $14,256,
each contributing $11,882,988.
was incurred by extra excavation work
The town is financing its share by taking
related to soil conditions. That ought not to
$1.6 million from reserves and borrowing
have been a problem since work had been
carriedout on the site only a fewyears ago,
Engineering fees are 12 per cent of the
said Thibodeau. “This may not be a large
total, or about $3.2 million, and project
sum, but we are just starting the project,”
administration costs of three per centwould
he commented. All extras add up, added
be about $810,000.
Town council has complained the plant,
Since work began in May, extras have
built in 1971, was already defective when
totalled $39,369. However, credits have
the Ontario government transferred the
actually been higher — $75,794.
service to the town in 1994.
Although a sumof $6.8millionwas spent
noted that it was impossible to account for
on the plant in 2005, the investment did not
all possible glitches when budgeting such
resolve all of the station’s defects, which
include inadequate sludge storage and the
Before reaching council, changes are
approved by the town’s engineers,
in raw sewage entering the Ottawa River
Thompson Rosemount Group, and the
during heavy rains.
project manager, Zbigniew Bukala, of the
The townwas fined $12,500 in 2008when
Ontario Clean Water Agency.
it admitted that the plant had contravened
“I have confidence in the engineers,”
provincial environmental laws.
said waterworks and sewage department
work set to roll
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Althoughthe jobwill costmore thanexpected, anoverhaulofoneofHawkesbury’s
busiest intersections will begin before the end of the year.
The town had allocated $275,000 to repave Cameron Street from Spence Avenue to
CountyRoad 17. However, the lowest of four bids, submitted byCornwall Gravel, was
$276,550, public works department director Gérald Campbell told town council
Monday. Plus, professional fees will add another $14,764 to the final bill.
Council ratified Campbell’s suggestion that the work go ahead as planned with the
difference being covered by a fund created by government gas tax revenues.
LoblawProperties Ltd. will chip in $75,000 under an agreement signed back in 2003
when the company agreed to carry out a study to determine how the new Your
Independent Grocer outlet would affect traffic in the area. The food chain set aside
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