December 31, 2014

Town gets a low price on Water Rates Study

As published in The Erin Advocate

The Town of Erin will gain a substantial saving by switching to a new consultant for its Water Rates Study and Financial Plan.

Councillors approved a contract with GSS Engineering Consultants of Owen Sound at a fixed cost of $13,795.

Financial Analyst Larry Wheeler said there will be “a significant loss of continuity” in not employing Watson & Associates, which has done extensive work for the Town.

The similar water rates project in 2010-2011 cost $39,000. The cost estimate in the 5 Year Capital Plan for 2015 was $29,000. Five bids came in for the job, ranging from GSS at $13,795 to Watson’s at $22,900.

Staff and Mayor Alls have reviewed the qualifications and experience of the new firm, especially with small, rural water systems in Ontario, and are confident in awarding the contract.